The coming of world depression following the Wall Street Crash is explored, with banks calling in loans all over the world. Weimar Germany was particularly affected because of the Dawes Plan. Unemployment rose dramatically from 1.5 to 6 million between 1929 and 1932. The Weimar Government was seen as not being decisive enough and was hampered by proportional representation, which meant that no one party had overall majority. A period of shifting coalitions and social problems followed.

First broadcast:
26 January 2012

Examine the nature of the Weimar Constitution and how far it can be blamed for subsequent political and social problems. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of proportional representation.