Why Was The Weimar Republic Doomed From The Start?

Introduction

The Weimar Republic was a state in Germany between 1919 and 1933 right before Nazi Germany began to emerge as the new power in Europe. The former republic was one of the major powers during that period. The republic dominated the European continent during the earlier stages of the 19th century. In this period, the core government of this region significantly made Germans as one of the dominating republics that are capable of invading other territories across Europe. The dominance of the republic was one of the most causal issues that developed the First World War. The Weimar Republic established a relationship with the central powers in Europe, which are composed of the Ottoman Empire and the Hungo-Austrian Empire. Nazi Empire was established as a replacement of Weimar Republic in 1933 to make a massive political reform across the nation to start building a pan-continental empire under Adolf Hitler’s leadership.

The Weimar Republic doomed from the very first start due to political inconsistencies that were played by the former government officials. Political parties from across the nation were creating alliances to fight off against each other. The essence of unity was not well-defined as political parties were no longer agreeing with ideologies and plan to promote the competitiveness of the republic. Second is the historical nature of Europe’s complicated political nature. Europe during that time was still suffering from the threats of colonialism, in which countries with the healthiest military and a balanced political power are capable of invading its neighboring countries. It was a period of consistent overlapping of territories just to test the capabilities of countries to sustain their political strength against invading countries across the country.

On the basis of economic-related issues, the Weimar republic did not materialize as a state because it was affected by the Great Depression in the United States. The economic crisis during that time affected the European countries because several international companies started to fall apart and filed for bankruptcy. The economic depression of Weimar Republic decreased the number of jobs across the republic, prompting its citizens to protest against the officials. Lack of jobs led to the fall of Weimar’s budget and economic issues that affected both macro and microeconomic structure of the state. When officials became disappointed with the governance and economic imbalance of the republic, they formed alliances to create an opposition movement to create a new block that was known as the Nazi republic.

The lesson learned from this discussion is regarding the implications of the First World War that affected the implementation of the Weimar republic. The result of colonialism generated numerous empire collapses across Europe. As empire collapses, it declined the credibility of leadership legitimacies of other territories. During the demise of the Weimar Republic, it gave birth to an era where Europe did not expect to enter into a dark age. The start of Nazi empire was a period where Europe suffered in a very dark period where the Nazis began to take over several territories across Europe. Nazi empire was responsible for the demise of Weimar Republic that also caused tens of millions of deaths across Europe, West Asia, and Northern African region, especially during the Second World War (Bingham, 2014).

Reference

  • Bingham, John (2014). Weimar Cities: The Challenge of Urban Modernity in Germany, 1919-1933. London.
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