The treaty of Versailles had a major impact on the Weimar Republic in the years 1919 – 1929

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The treaty of Versailles had a major impact on the Weimar Republic in the years 1919 - 1929, however there were greater social and political factors that impacted the stability of the republic during this time. Following the end of the First World War in November of 1919, the German Political system was abolished and replaced with a republic. A new constitution was established to govern the new Weimar Republic. This constitution was based around the strict limitations and regulations implemented by the Treaty of Versailles. The peace treaty signed at the end of WWI played a major part in the inability to establish political and social stability in Germany in the period 1919 - 1929. However, the actions of German Chancellors, a major case of hyperinflation, the limitations of the new Weimar Constitution and the continual revolutionary attempts from both left and right wing protagonists made German stability almost impossible.

It therefore must be seen that although the Treaty of Versailles affected the Weimar Republic there were clear factors that led to a period of major political economical and social instability.

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