The Weimar Republic What was the structure of the newly organised democratic republic?
Doomed from the Start? • ‘The most democratic in the world...and a major reason why democracy failed in Germany.’ • January 1919 • Weimar, Germany • German Constituent Assembly • August – vote of 262-75
Political Structure • Use the handout to briefly describe each component of the political structure of the Weimar Republic
Hope or Despair • Sort the cards into two categories: Reasons for Hope Reasons for Despair
Support for the Republic • View the film clip and annotate the diagram. • Which groups the Republic? • Which groups the Republic? • What were their reasons for this? supported opposed WR
Bureaucrats • Most people • Never had a say • Liked democracy • Voice being heard • Never had a say • Made all the money • Liked having a say • Minority • Civil servants, judges, military leaders, university professors, owners of big industry • Disliked constitution • No democracy • Longed for old days - Kaiser Business Owners Working Class
Problems and Effects • Use the information on the handout to complete the table. • Based on the circumstances under which the Weimar Republic was founded, can you predict how it will respond to future challenges?
Debate • The Weimar Constitution was fatally flawed.
Homework • Write an essay plan for the question: • Your plan should include: • Judgment • Evidence (Facts) • Explanation (Facts-Judgment-Question) How far do you agree that the Weimar Constitution guaranteed a strong democracy?