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The brief history of the Weimar Republic is generally seen as an abbreviated intermission between the First and Second World Wars. It was the government, led by the Social Democratic Party, which took power, albeit with some trepidation, after Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German throne. Socialists saw this as the opportunity they had been waiting for, the day when worke The brief history of the Weimar Republic is generally seen as an abbreviated intermission between the First and Second World Wars. It was the government, led by the Social Democratic Party, which took power, albeit with some trepidation, after Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German throne. Socialists saw this as the opportunity they had been waiting for, the day when workers would be the ones in power. For the conservatives who could not accept the German defeat in World War I, however, the Weimar Republic was a feeble entity which had capitulated to Germany’s enemies. The German Revolution of 1918-1919 told the story of a bruised nation attempting to overcome its military defeat at the hands of enemies who wanted to punish Germany for starting the war. Because Germany was caught in the vise of such irreconcilable political philosophies between the left and the right, the Weimar Republic, although it was the ruling power following the German Revolution, was destined to have a doomed, short life in Germany’s tragic twentieth-century history.


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The brief history of the Weimar Republic is generally seen as an abbreviated intermission between the First and Second World Wars. It was the government, led by the Social Democratic Party, which took power, albeit with some trepidation, after Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German throne. Socialists saw this as the opportunity they had been waiting for, the day when worke The brief history of the Weimar Republic is generally seen as an abbreviated intermission between the First and Second World Wars. It was the government, led by the Social Democratic Party, which took power, albeit with some trepidation, after Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German throne. Socialists saw this as the opportunity they had been waiting for, the day when workers would be the ones in power. For the conservatives who could not accept the German defeat in World War I, however, the Weimar Republic was a feeble entity which had capitulated to Germany’s enemies. The German Revolution of 1918-1919 told the story of a bruised nation attempting to overcome its military defeat at the hands of enemies who wanted to punish Germany for starting the war. Because Germany was caught in the vise of such irreconcilable political philosophies between the left and the right, the Weimar Republic, although it was the ruling power following the German Revolution, was destined to have a doomed, short life in Germany’s tragic twentieth-century history.

30 review for German Revolution: A History from Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    This interesting offering from Hourly History provides some fascination insights into that period of German history when there was unprecedented turmoil as the the World War was drawing to a close and communism was on the rise.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vincent

    Often these one hour histories are not very good - I thought this would focus on the 1848 time frame but was surprised to find that it was really the conditions creating the post WWI German situation and the ensuing revolutionary activities as the Germans re-oriented after that war. It reminded me of the privations and losses suffered by the German people during the war and made it clear that there was so much discontent in post war Germany. What is important in my mind is that it would seem that Often these one hour histories are not very good - I thought this would focus on the 1848 time frame but was surprised to find that it was really the conditions creating the post WWI German situation and the ensuing revolutionary activities as the Germans re-oriented after that war. It reminded me of the privations and losses suffered by the German people during the war and made it clear that there was so much discontent in post war Germany. What is important in my mind is that it would seem that even without the punitive Versailles Treaty after the war Germany would have been in turmoil anyway and a stage would have been set for a "Hitler" or someone like him. He used Versailles as a int of contention but certainly the other problems and the proximity of the communists so close by and the military, not accepting really that they lost the war and other factors gave me better understanding of why and how the German people were so vulnerable to the different radical - left and right - factions. Worth reading if that period interests you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This book covers the period in Germany between the two world wars and gives a good idea of just how the nation was taken over by Hitler and his henchmen. The first war resulted in a decrease in food production, low wages and food riots. It also goes into how the Germans tended to forget the need to have solid supply lines for its troops and just what this can lead to. It goes into how the German troops ended up being outnumber especially after the United States started shipping its own troops to This book covers the period in Germany between the two world wars and gives a good idea of just how the nation was taken over by Hitler and his henchmen. The first war resulted in a decrease in food production, low wages and food riots. It also goes into how the Germans tended to forget the need to have solid supply lines for its troops and just what this can lead to. It goes into how the German troops ended up being outnumber especially after the United States started shipping its own troops to the battle. One of the really interesting things is how Woodrow Wilson wanted a reasonable end to the war but how the other allies wanted Germany to pay a heavy price for what it did. The book goes into how the reparations and other problems ended up leading to very bad conditions in the country and how this made it easier for the Nazis to take over. I think it might have been interesting for the author to how speculated on how things might have been different if the reparations had not been so crippling to Germany.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nihal Lele

    In this generation, it is possibly hard to think that a revolution would take place for overthrowing democracy. But the German Revolution started by overthrowing the democratic government to put back dictatorship or communism. It is true that the democratic party that ruled was a bit unfair, but was a communist government truly beneficial at that times? The people who fought were true believers of communism, and even though the German Revolution failed, Adolf Hitler did put up a dictatorship ove In this generation, it is possibly hard to think that a revolution would take place for overthrowing democracy. But the German Revolution started by overthrowing the democratic government to put back dictatorship or communism. It is true that the democratic party that ruled was a bit unfair, but was a communist government truly beneficial at that times? The people who fought were true believers of communism, and even though the German Revolution failed, Adolf Hitler did put up a dictatorship over his country. This goes to show that it wasn't a failure after all.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Randolph Rossu

    Democracy Failed in Germany and Would Only Succeed After WWII Reading the book, “German Revolution”, I learned about the events that occurred in Germany after the end of WWI. German leaders attempted to establish a lasting democracy under the Weimar Republic but were unable to gain the support of the Army, the Communists, and the Nazis under Hitler. A very good introduction to the period between the two World Wars for Germany and the World.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Glenn

    For the uninitiated in World War I history, the Weimar Republic, and the events swirling around them, this book is an excellent summarized introduction to such a tumultuous period in human history. Not many people know this, but millions of Germans were actually starving to death by the end of WWI. The actual count may never be known, but many experts estimated about 900,000 succumbed to such starvation. And that doesn't count millions of war dead. For the uninitiated in World War I history, the Weimar Republic, and the events swirling around them, this book is an excellent summarized introduction to such a tumultuous period in human history. Not many people know this, but millions of Germans were actually starving to death by the end of WWI. The actual count may never be known, but many experts estimated about 900,000 succumbed to such starvation. And that doesn't count millions of war dead.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    Worth the half-hour read As advertised. Easy to read and well written. A glimpse into a time period I know absolutely nothing about. Got a little dizzying with all the various parties, but still intriguing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Reda Henein

    Really enjoyed reading this concise and easy to read account of the state of Germany during the final days of WW2 . It also gave me knowledge of the events in the immediate period of post war Germany. .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike O'Beirne

    Surface read More a skimming history. Not as interesting as most of the Hourly History books I've read. I was looking for more depth on the revolution...less on the end of the war and Hitler. Surface read More a skimming history. Not as interesting as most of the Hourly History books I've read. I was looking for more depth on the revolution...less on the end of the war and Hitler.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charles Mather

    Truly Awful I can think of nothing positive to say about this little book. It is inaccurate and badly written. Don’t bother.

  11. 4 out of 5

    James Atwell

    An attempt at democracy between two wars. An insightful look at the politics of Germany between 1918 and 1919 and their struggle to find political leadership.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hugh Monahan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  15. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather Cranford

  17. 5 out of 5

    ALFREDO RUIZ JR

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zee

  19. 4 out of 5

    G Coxon

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Nagar

  21. 4 out of 5

    Randy L Hemm

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donald E. Brabham

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erynn

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian Richard Mori

  25. 4 out of 5

    peter simon

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

  27. 4 out of 5

    Larry & Diane Hughes

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aravind Haridas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rich Mulvey

  30. 4 out of 5

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