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Chapter 1 Argument The Weimar Republic was doomed from the outset The Weimar Republic was established in 1918 after Germany was defeated in WW1 The Republic faced many problems from its beginning to its end In this chapter I intend to argue that the Weimar Republic was doomed from its beginning and could have done nothing to avoid its eventual demise As historian Sean Lang wrote Hitler was bound to take power in the end It was inevitable wasnt it From its very beginning the Weimar Republic was not popular as it was seen by a large number of the German population as a result of defeat in the war rather than the deliberate choice of the majority However they did believe that as the Weimar Republic was a political democracy it would be able to negotiate for a more lenient peace treaty When the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles became publicly known those who had supported the Weimar Republic now abandoned it Many people especially the middle class also blamed the Weimar Republic for Germanys actual defeat in the war They claimed that Weimars politicians during the war had been responsible for betraying the fatherland for their own gain The German people believed according to historian E J Feuchtwanger that the German Army had never been defeated on the battlefield but had been undermined by subversion on the home front This stirred a lot of ill feeling for the new republic among the patriotic German public During the war patriotism in Germany was at its peak as everyone joined together to support the fatherland in the war effort During the decade after the war especially this happiness and patriotism was remembered and contrasted to the depression and empty promises of the Weimar Republic Historian R Henig said throughout the 1920s the image of a united German people selflessly pursuing a common destiny in a war was repeatedly contrasted with the
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