The Weimar Republic by Stephen J. Lee

By Stephen J. Lee

The Weimar Republic examines Germany within the aftermath of the 1st international warfare, exploring such topics from the effect of the influence of the Treaty of Versailles and the occasions resulting in Hitler's upward push to energy.

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6] 4. ’ Do these sources, and your own knowledge, support this view? [10] Worked answer *2. [The answer to this question is to be found largely within the sources themselves, although a sense of background perspective needs to be made evident to clarify the overall argument. ] A more effective inference from Sources A to D would be that war guilt was not intended by the Allies to be the most apparent part of the Treaty of Versailles but that it became the part to which Germans most strongly objected.

ARTICLE 159. Freedom of association for the preservation and promotion of labour and economic conditions is guaranteed to everyone and to all vocations. Source B: from an article The German Democracy by Ernst Troeltsch (29 December 1918). Overnight we have become the most radical democracy in Europe. Source C: Extract from Politics as a Vocation, a lecture given by Max Weber in Munich in 1920. It is not summer’s bloom that lies before us, but first of all a polar night of icy darkness and severity, whichever group may be outwardly victorious at present.

None of these was inherently revanchist. 38 VERSAILLES AND ITS IMPACT The military provisions of the Treaty may appear harsh. The army was limited to 100,000 volunteers and the navy to 6 battleships; the air force was abolished and the Rhineland was demilitarised. Yet these measures need to be seen within the context of the military power of Germany. The combined forces of Britain, the Empire, France, Russia and Italy had been insufficient to defeat the Second Reich and it needed the intervention of the United States to guarantee Allied victory.

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