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At the end of the war Germany underwent a rapid political restructuring Following this transition from authoritarian monarchy to democratic republic Weimar Germany immediately began to display weaknesses that it would ultimately never fix Germany had to create a government that the Allies would be prepared to negotiate with so Hindenburg ordered a government which had the support of the Reichstag When Kaiser William II fled the country Germany could still have remained a monarchy as Williams son was eligible for the throne The Weimar Republic was not based on strong public convictions which must in part explain its weakness There were many flaws in thew Weimar Republic Weimar had great problems gaining acceptance throughout Germany too The terribly harsh conditions of the Treaty of Versailles angered Germans especially the military everywhere and many directed their resentment at the Weimar government who signed the Treaty Defeat in a large-scale war always signals the beginning of a difficult period for a nation Following World War I Germany was virtually crushed by the harsh demands of the Treaty of Versailles The German economy was weighed down heavily by the enormous reparations bill Weimar governments struggled to meet the huge reparations payments and their failure to do so was the basis of further problems One such event was the additional humiliation of the French and Belgian occupation of the Ruhr in 1923 The French took control of the coal mines and factories of the region so the workers following a policy of passive resistance went on strike The French employed their own men to work the area whilst the German government committed to paying the wages of the striking workers This was a very expensive exercise and on top of that Germany lost profits from industry in the Ruhr and actually had to spend money importing coal These massive drains on the German economy caused inflation to soar to incredible levels paralleling the dramatic drops in the
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