I'm writing my revision booklet and I've confused myself as to which part is the opposition. I've written about the Sociological, economic and military effects of the war but I can't find what I've written about the opposition. Was the opposition the fact the SDL sent an ultimatum to the Kaiser telling him to abdicate? or was it the left wing and right wing who caused the opposition? I'm really confused.
Hi there. WW1 was led by Kaiser Friedrich-Wilhelm II on the German side. When he was losing that war, Germany had a revolution http://funadvice.com/r/16a1uph8du0 and was changed into a Republic, the "Weimar Republic". But that was actually in the last days of the war, not after the war.
The SPD is the "Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschland", the social democrat party (of) Germany. It was one of the larger parties in the Weimar Republic and is one of the few that actually still exists. There was even a time when the SPD ruled the Weimar Republic. They had a Chancellor named "Friedrich Ebert" running the state (in case you want to google that guy). After the war, the monarchists were the opposition.
Ebert was the leader of the SPD party. The Novemberrevolution was November 1918, Eberts people forced the Kaiser to abdicate. WW1 ended a few days after that. In Feb 1919, Ebert was elected first president of the Weimar Republic. He had a coalition government with the USPD only at start. In later periods of the republic, other parties became stronger and the great coalition was formed. 1925 Ebert died. After him, Paul von Hindenburg (Who was a monarchist) became President.
If that didn't make sense I mean...did Ebert run it from the start with his party THEN have a coalition government with the SPD, DDP and the centre party? or was the Weimar Great Coalition set up from the start?
Was the coalition government set up after the Kaiser abdicated? or was the coalition government set up when it changed to a republic during the war?
That was the opposition of 1933++. WW1 ended in 1918. The 20s were actually quite liberal in good ol' Germany.
Sorry, it was Wilhelm II, not Friedrich-Wilhelm II http://funadvice.com/r/bv4jkl49qtr
Okay thank you! You've made it so much easier for me to understand.
SPD* not SDL.