Background

Overview

The Weimar Republic, which encompassed the period of time between 1919 and 1933 when Germany experienced a brief parliamentary democracy, is seen by many scholars only through the lens of its political failure, which they contrast with its apparent tolerance and cultural permissiveness. In speaking about the political weakness and of the Weimar era, historians blame the republic’s collapse on policy failure, and pay too little attention to the social, racial and nationalistic tensions simmering just below the surface, which were in large part responsible. In completing a literature review, I have developed a more complete understanding of the Weimar Era’s underlying conservativism.