Was Weimar doomed?
Was Hitler's success because of Weimar's failure? Was the Weimar constitution to blame or was Weimar doomed from the start?
Throughout this section (Germany - Weimar), we have been assessing how successful the Weimar Republic was. It was beset by problems in the early years, but the stability and prosperity enjoyed by Germany during the period 1924-1929, suggests that it was successful to a degree.
However, throughout this time, Hitler and the Nazi party came to prominence and eventually gained control in 1933.
It is arguable that the problems which beset the Weimar Republic from the start finally 'got it in the end':
The historian AJP Taylor said that there was nothing wrong with the Weimar Republic per se: he blamed the stupid men who lacked the will to maintain democracy the politicians of the Centre and Social Democratic parties, and particularly Hindenburg and Papen for Hitler's rise to power.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.