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Abdication and Armistice - Weimar and Nazi Germany GCSE

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Germany's defeat in World War I led to food shortages, civil unrest, and the abdication of the Kaiser. The Social Democratic Party established a republic under Chancellor Ebert to prevent a communist revolution. Challenges persisted in maintaining control during the Weimar Republic years, leading to ongoing instability and tension.

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Germany's defeat in World War I led to severe food shortages and civil unrest.
01:45
Protests, strikes, and riots erupted throughout the country due to the inability to feed its people or troops.
Resistance at the front collapsed, leading to Germany losing the war.
The Kaiser faced rebellions in the navy and calls for his abdication.
The Kaiser was forced to abdicate on November 9, 1918, and fled to exile in Holland the following day.
Establishment of the Weimar Republic in Germany.
02:52
Chancellor Frederick Ebert ensured stability by maintaining existing civil servants, communicating with army and industry leaders, and making concessions to trade unions.
Ebert's actions prevented a communist revolution and stabilized the government despite opposition from extreme political parties.
The signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, marked the end of WWI, with varying reactions from Germans.
Challenges faced by Germany in maintaining control after the armistice.
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Threats from extreme political parties and risk of public unrest persisted during the Weimar Republic years.
Weak control of Germany by Eva led to ongoing instability and tension within the country.