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7. How successful was the Weimar economy in the years 1924-29?
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about how successful the Weimar economy was in the years 1924-29, focusing in particular on: (i) the way in which the government solved the problem of hyperinflation, and the popularity of their solution; (ii) the importance of the 1924 Dawes Plan in allowing Germany’s re-entry into the international order; (iii) the importance of Gustav Stresemann, foreign minister between 1923-29; (iv) the symbolism of Germany’s entry into the League of Nations (1926), the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, and the early withdrawal of Allied troops from the Rhineland; (v) the support for republicanism generally in this period; (vi) the extent to which certain sections of the German economy and society did not benefit from the economic growth in this period; (vii) the extent to which the German economy was reliant on investment from the United States; and (viii) the extent to which the economy of Weimar Germany anticipated the consumer society of West Germany in the 1950s and 60s.
In this course, Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University) explores Weimar Germany through twelve key questions: (1) Was Weimar Germany doomed to fail from the start?; (2) Why did Weimar fail in the early 1930s?; (3) How much of a problem was political extremism for the Weimar Republic?; (4) What kind of elections took place in Weimar Germany?; (5) How did the design of the West Germany constitution aim to avoid the problems faced by Weimar Germany?; (6) What was the impact of hyperinflation in Weimar Germany?; (7) How successful was the Weimar economy in the years 1924-29?; (8) What was the impact of the Wall Street Crash on the Weimar Republic?; (9) Did living standards improve in the Weimar period?; (10) What was Weimar culture?; (11) Did the lives of women improve in the Weimar period?; and (12) How did ethnic minorities fare in the Weimar period?
Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a specialist in twentieth-century German and European history, and currently serves on the committee of the German History Society. His most recent publications include (as co-editor with Kevin McDermott) Eastern Europe in 1968: Responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion (2018) and (as co-editor with Ingrid Sharp) Women's International Activism During the Inter-War Period, 1919-39 (2018).
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Stibbe, M. (2021, January 29). Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 - How successful was the Weimar economy in the years 1924-29? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/how-successful-was-the-weimar-economy-in-the-years-1924-29
Stibbe, Matthew. "Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 – How successful was the Weimar economy in the years 1924-29?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Jan 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/how-successful-was-the-weimar-economy-in-the-years-1924-29