How stable was the Weimar Republic 1924-29
The real increase in prosperity experienced by many, and the cultural vitality of the period, gave support to the view that these years were indeed the ‘golden years’. However, historians have generally tended to question this stability because it was in fact limited in scope therefore these years could be seen as ‘deceptive stability’ also. Any disruption to the world’s trade or finance markets was bound to have a particularly damaging effect on the uncertain German economy. In reality, the middle years of the Weimar Republic were stable only in comparison with the other periods before and after. Weimar’s condition suggests that the fundamental problems inherited from war and the crisis has not been resolved. They persisted, do that the crisis set in during 1929-30 the Weimar republic did not probe strong enough to withstand the storm.
Politically, Germany was quite stable after 1923 as it had become more peaceful: there were no attempted coups from the right or left in 1924-29, no major political figures were assassinated; extremists did not gain mass support. The elections gave some encouraging signs to supporters of the republic as there was an actual rise in votes and it seemed like most of the German population was in agreement with having a republic as when the economic situation stabilized in 1924, the Germans were able to switch back to voting for the main democratic parties. Also the election of Hindenburg in 1925 was very good in the fact that he did nothing unconstitutional and abided by his oath to uphold the constitution – just by having a pro-republican head the government was reassuring for everyone as they did not have to run the risk of going left or right meaning complete submission and denial of the republic making Germany vulnerable and in danger again.
However, though politics became more peaceful after 1923, political violence had not completely disappeared as extremist parties, though they...