period 1925-1929 is often considered to be the golden
era of Weimar Germany's political history. Gustav
Stresemann was in power, or in positions of influence
and Germany gained political power and the economic
difficulties started to be overcome. Was this a real
'golden age' though?
was a hardworking and honest politician who had the
respect of many overseas political leaders. he used
this respect to great effect and ensured the economic
stability of the nation through the successful negotiation
of the Dawes and Young plans. These limited the amount
of reparation that Germany had to pay and used loans
to stabilise a new Germany currency.
and progressive foreign policies enabled Germany to
come out of the imposed isolation. Germany was finally
allowed to become a member of the league of nations
in 1925 as a result of the Locarno treaties. This,
along with the previously mentioned economic developments
ensured that German self esteem was significantly
improved, and many of the woes of the early 1920's
were forgotten as life, in general was improving for
the majority of Germans.
not all was well in Stresemann's Germany. There was
still political instability as no one party could
gain a majority in the republic. This meant that decision
making was difficult and could easily be overturned
at the whim of a minority of parliamentarians. Unemployment
did not fall, indeed it rose in the period: which
lead to further economic problems.
to this it was the case that, despite a general upturn
in Germanic fortunes, the nation relied heavily upon
the ongoing support of the USA. This support enabled
not only the stability of Germany but enabled the
high levels of payments that the Weimar government
was making on benefits and health care. This reliance
would, in time, prove to be disastrous for the German
government and democracy.
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and Nazi Germany