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Germany: 1918-1939 - Weimar's Recovery, 1924-1929

In GCSE History students will look at Germany between the two World Wars. One area covered is the more stable, middle period of the Weimar Republic in the late 1920s, before the Great Depression.

The late 1920s were the best years for Weimar Germany. The country was more politically stable, and seemed to be economically stable too. Unfortunately this was an illusory calm: Germany depended on US loans to finance her industry and to pay reparations.

Explore the Weimar Republic of the late 1920s in this enlightening quiz.

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  1. In the general election of 1928 which of these parties gained the fewest seats and votes?
    Under the Weimar electoral system more extreme parties needed to poll a large share of the votes to gain substantial numbers of seats
  2. Which German statesman served frequently as Chancellor and Foreign Minister between 1923 and 1929?
    During these years the Weimar governments showed an eagerness to compromise with their former enemies. They felt that this was the best way to undermine the Treaty of Versailles, which they had reluctantly signed in 1919
  3. In which jail was Hitler held during 1925 following his conviction for trying to overthrow the state in his 1923 Beer Hall Putsch?
    Hitler's prison regime was lenient, and he served only a few months of a five year sentence. The trial judge seemed to sympathise with him, and often Hitler dominated the court proceedings with his antics
  4. Where was a major international treaty signed in 1925, when Germany agreed to recognise the western borders established at Versailles in 1919?
    Under the new spirit of optimism that pervaded Europe after 1923, Germany agreed voluntarily to accept at least part of the hated Versailles settlement
  5. In which month did the Wall Street Crash occur during 1929?
    The New York Stock Exchange was extremely volatile during 1929. Share values could of course rise, but they could also plummet
  6. In 1929 an American called Young was asked to report on which aspect of the German economy?
    Young was following up the 1924 examination of the German economy, just before the Great Depression
  7. Which system of election was used throughout the Weimar Republic from 1919 to 1933?
    The Weimar Constitution of 1919 set out to be democratic and fair
  8. Which book did Hitler write while in jail, dictating its contents to his loyal colleague Rudolf Hess?
    Hitler's book was a rambling text, combining autobiographical detail with pseudo-scientific mention of the theories of the likes of Gobineau and Houston Stewart Chamberlain. It became a best seller once he achieved power
  9. Which plan of 1924 set out to stabilise reparations payments following the re-calibration of the Mark?
    Germany claimed that she could not pay reparations during the financial crisis that came to an end by 1924. Under this plan she resumed payments over a longer period than had been envisaged in 1921
  10. Of which international organisation did Germany join the Council in 1926?
    In 1919 Germany had been an international pariah. By 1926 international bodies were queuing up to recruit her

Author: Edward Towne

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