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How did the end of World War I impact Germany? Objectives: Describe how the end of World War I impacted Germany. 1919-1929: The Weimar Republic The Birth of the Weimar Republic In November of 1918, Germany surrendered in World War I. In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed and deprived Germany of various territories, demilitarized the country, and forced Germany to pay heavy reparations. With the ending of World War I and Germany’s defeat, the imperial government came to an end and German leaders created a democratic government known as the Weimar Republic. In this new democratic government, there was a chancellor or prime minister. Under this new democratic government, women were allowed to vote, there was a bill of rights and political parties were able to form. Read the excerpt. Respond to the questions. 1. What did the Treaty of Versailles require Germany to do? Political Problems Directions: Read the excerpt. Respond to the questions. 1. What did the Treaty of Versailles require Germany to do? 2. What form of government emerged after Germany’s defeat in World War I? 3. In this new government, what three new freedoms were Germans granted? 4. Identify three political problems in the Weimar Republic. 5. Identify two (2) economic problems in the Weimar Republic. 1
and not doing enough to protect German pride. Economic Problems The political problems were compounded by economic problems. In 1922 and 1923, Germany experienced rampant inflation. Inflation is the rise in prices and the fall in the value of money. Many Germans who lived on fixed government incomes found

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