To what extent were the years 1925 - 1929 a time of economic and political stability for the Weimar republic?

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The period from 1925 - 1929 was seemingly a very stable time. However as we know the way things seem are not always the way things are. In 1923 Gustav Stresemann was briefly and relatively unsuccessfully appointed as chancellor of Germany, (lasting only 103 days). The failure of this was due to his actions in the latter part of the year, which led to him gaining enemies both from the opposing right and also from some other left wing supporters. Once he had been relieved of this duty, he went on to he went on to serve as foreign minister until 1929 when he died. Due to the success of this period the time between 1924 and 1929 are often referred to as the "Stresemann years".

During the period leading up to the Stresemann years there had been a lot of unrest in Germany both politically and economically, with things such as Two Putsches' (attempts to seize power by a small group of men) and Hyperinflation occurring.

This was mostly due to the impact of the loss of war and the treaty of Versailles. During this period the average length of each government was a little under 6 months, which for a government is not time enough for many of their policies or changes to actually come into play.

Stresemann was very famous for his foreign policy and this is played a big part in changing the current stability of the German government. He accepted in 1925 that Germany would not use force to push back the borders laid as a result of the Versailles treaty. This worked out so that Germany could no longer claim Alsace Lorraine and in return France would withdraw its troops from the Ruhr. Although acceptant to this he did not accept the eastern...