chapter  1
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West German politics today - a historical introduction

ByWilliam Paterson

William Paterson The political history of Germany since unification in 1870 has been one of marked instability and dramatic change. Imperial Germany collapsed as a result of military defeat in 1918. The Weimar Republic which succeeded it never enjoyed the un­ reserved support of all its citizens and was finally brought down by the effects of the 1929 Depression. From 1930 on, govern­ ment on the basis of a parliamentary democracy was impossible and it finally succumbed to the sustained onslaught of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist Movement in 1933.