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The Interwar Period 1919-39. Post WWI Following the War, EVERY major European country was left nearly bankrupt. Only 2 countries came out prosperous:

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1 The Interwar Period

2 Post WWI Following the War, EVERY major European country was left nearly bankrupt. Only 2 countries came out prosperous: The US and Japan. WHY? European countries got loans from the US. Governments changed from Empires to Democracies- difficult change- Why? Discuss the implications.

3 Weimar Republic- Germany was organized. Weak democratic tradition Blamed for WWI b/c they signed the Treaty of Versailles. Were they really at fault for WWI? Large reparations print more$ INFLATION

4 Inflation The government was printing more money to pay debt that was not worth anything. Example: in 1918 a loaf of bread cost less than a mark (German dollar) it cost 160 Marks, and 200 BILLION by People took wheelbarrows of $ to buy food.

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6 Kids stacking money- Money was worthless. People burned it for heat.

7 The Great Depression The World’s economy was dependent on the US economic prosperity. 1920’s- Roaring 20’s- US producing ½ of worlds industrial goods. Wall Street in NY financial capital of the world. Booming US Economy led to High stock prices

8 Stock Market Crashes. Middle- income Americans bought stocks on margin--- they paid a small percentage of a stock’s price as a down payment and borrowed the rest from a stockbroker. OK- if stocks rise, but if they fall… Prices plunged on Tuesday, October 29 th - “Black Tuesday” 16 Million stocks were sold—and the market collapsed.

9 Effects Factory production cut in half 1000’s of businesses failed Banks closed 9 million people lost all of the $ in the savings Many farmers lost their land By 1933, ¼ of all Americans had no jobs.

10 Shanty Town- where homeless lived

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12 Children Playing in the Street

13 Breadline

14 A Global Depression Germany and Austria hit hard because of their dependence on American loans Japanese economy also slumped Fell heavily on Latin America Hit Britain severely- passed protective tariffs, increased taxes, and regulated the currency, lowered interest rates to encourage industrial growth.—Slow steady recovery. FDR- the New Deal-


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