To What Extent Was The Weimar Republic Doomed From The Start

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The Weimar Republic was doomed from the very beginning. How far do you agree? The Weimar Republic began in 1919 after the abdication of Wilhelm II and Germany’s defeat in The Great War. From the start, the Weimar Republic faced a multitude of issues including revolutionary threats from both the far left and the far right. Furthermore, the people of Germany were still undergoing national shock due to Germany’s terrible defeat in the war. Considering, all the problems the Weimar Republic faced at its beginnings, many say that it was doomed from the start. However, was that the case? From the very beginning, the Weimar republic faced threats from both the political left and right. In 1919, the Spartacist group or KPD lead by Luxemburg and Liebknecht saw that they had a chance to overthrow the Weimar Republic. With the support of the USPD they tried to take over Berlin and even went so far as to…show more content…
Firstly, the Weimar Republic was one of the only governments in Europe at the time to firstly have equal voting ages for both men and women, to have a fully developed welfare state and to have proportional representation. All of these things were highly modern for the time and were also highly unique. The fact that the Weimar Republic was so forward thinking and democratic should have been a clear indicator that in fact they were not doomed from the start. Furthermore, this should have made the people content as instead of having an autocratic ruler they had a completely fair system. Moreover, signing Ebert-Groener pact also shows that the Weimar Republic was not in fact doomed from the start. The Ebert-Groener pact meant that the Weimar Government had the complete cooperation and backing of the military. This was also one of the main reasons for which the Weimar Republic was able to put down the Spartacist Revolt, the Kapp Putsch and the Munich

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