Why Was The New Government Been Set Up In Weimar Rather Than Berlin In 1919?


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In fact the 1919 German government was set up in Berlin, as its predecessors had been. The period from 1919 to 1933 (the period of democratic rule between the fall of the Kaiser and the rise of Hitler) became known as "the Weimar Republic" more to outside historians than to the Germans themselves; to Germans, Germany was still "The Reich." Although the word technically means "kingdom" or "empire" they carried on using it after the abdication of the Emperor (Kaiser) and in fact the word "Reach" was only abandoned after the defeat of Hitler in 1945.

The "Weimar Republic" took its (nick)name from the fact that the new government based its constitution on a document drawn up by a national assembly in the city of Weimar after the end of World War I in 1918. Weimar never became the seat of government, although, because of the name, many people believe that it was.

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