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Birth of Weimar Germany: Year of Crisis, 1918-1923 November 18, Week 8.

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1 Birth of Weimar Germany: Year of Crisis, November 18, Week 8

2 Reforms of October October: Prince Max von Baden installed as Chancellor. Coalition of Centre Party, Liberals and SPD. 26 October: Reform of the Constitution announced The 3 class franchise in Prussia abolished. The Kaisers powers over the army and appointments severely curtailed. The Chancellor and the Government made accountable to the Reichstag.

3 Philipp Scheidemann proclaiming the new Republic on November 9, 1918

4 Political Parties in Weimar Germany Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (German Social Democratic Party, SPD), cont Unabhängige Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Independent German Social Democratic Party, USPD, merged 1922). Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (Communist Party of Germany, KPD, founded 1919). Deutsche Demokratische Partei (German Democratic Party, DDP). Zentrumspartei (Centre Party), cont. Deutsche Volkspartei (German Peoples Party, DVP). Deutschnationale Volkspartei (German National Peoples Party, DNVP). Various smaller parties including the Bayerische Volkspartei (Bavarian Peoples Party, BVP) and the Nationalsozialistische Partei Deutschlands (NSDAP).

5 Fighting Spartacists

6 Freikorps Soldier

7 New political parties Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (German Social Democratic Party, SPD) – cont. Unabhängige Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Independent German Social Democratic Party, USPD). Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (Communist Party of Germany, KPD). Deutsche Demokratische Partei (German Democratic Party, DDP). Zentrumspartei (Center Party) – cont. Deutsche Volkspartei (German Peoples Party, DVP). Deutschnationale Volkspartei (German National Peoples Party, DNVP). Various smaller parties including the Bayerische Volkspartei (Bavarian Peoples Party, BVP) and the Nationalsozialistische Partei Deutschlands (NSDAP).

8 The Treaty of Versailles

9 Stab in the back myth

10 Stab in the back, cont.

11 Walter Rathenau ( )

12 French occupation of the Rhineland

13 Hyperinflation: exchange rates Mark to US $

14 Children playing with the currency


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