How to fail at democracy 101: Weimar Republic

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How to fail at democracy 101: Weimar Republic 5

A brief look into why the first proper German Republic failed.

As a side note: Youtube has recently been on a spree of demonetizing educational historic content for dealing with subjects like war, as appearantly these topics are "controversial" and not marketable enough for advertizers. If you are like me and enjoy this style of content feel free to support these channels directly. We shouldn't let Youtube repress educational content for monetary reasons just like that #supportEduYT

Of course a 8 minute piece isn't going to be as in depth as an half hour one, so here's a bunch of things I couldn't talk about in detail:

- Treaty of Versailles
- Philipp Scheidemann
- Spartacist Uprising
- Dolchstoßlegende (stab-in-the-back myth)
- various failed nationalist and communist coups
- Hitler- and Kapp-Lüttwitz- coups in particular
- Ruhr Uprising
- hyperinflation
- treaties of Locarno and Rapallo
- How the Nazis secured their power

Perhaps I'm going to do some of them at some point, but if you're interested these are quite essencial to get an more in-depth look into Weimar and how Hitler came to power.


Music in the beginning:
"Irgendwo auf der Welt" - The Comedian Harmonists

Whipcrack sound courtesy of HQSFX:

I do not own the rights to this music or these sound effects.

All handdrawn pictures seen in this video are my own work,
same goes for the voiceover.
Ragefaces are internetmemes, the original creator can unfortunately not be contributed.

💬 Comments on the video

So yeah, this has taken me a while.
As to why it took so long, I wanted to make sure that
I'm at least 99% content with this thing before I release it.
This video went through:

- 6 major script changes
- 4 different recording sessions
- 3 different video editing programs
- moving house once
- a fuckton of handdrawn images

And all that while I'm still working/having a proper job.
Thank you for waiting so patiently.

On the plus side, I think that I found a way to streamline
this thing somewhat and I think the next video is only going
to take me 11 months this time, so

Author — Guy Bloke


I'm voting for the Centralist Christian Party of Tilting Your Bowler Hat Slightly to the Left.

Author — Nich White


One of Weimars mistakes letting old people die becouse they were old

Author — Tim


“That’s not hitler, I’ll show you how to elect hitler!”

I love this man

Author — Liberty Prime


How to fail at ending a war and make peace 101: Treaty of Versailles

Author — H. W.


How fail at monarchy 101: Tsarist russia

Author — OnlyBro555


People call Trump hitler when he has no capability of doing anything Hitler did, even if he wanted to.

Author — The Zoobaby



You're welcome

Author — Strategossable


I heard that exposure to fascism creates a bigger chance for cute catgirls to be genetically enginered.

Is this true?

Author — Catgirl Constanze


Well, technically since I am one of your students and I am a soon to be father, one of your students got pregnant :P

Author — MentuP


That's what they get for not having a plan those damn anti-monarchists

Author — Yes No


My favourite saying about Weimar: It was a democracy without democrats

Author — Brain Face


Don't think I didn't see the KEK party.

Author — Sean Wilson


Beat a broken germany with a stick and expect them to do what you want?

Author — Bundle Of Fuck


Undemocratic nations forced to become democratic turns disastrous? Gee I wonder if that happened again bit you also had to reset and redo your entire economy AND deal with cultural struggles?

*ponders in Russian*

Author — Roman Bukins


How to fail at Fascism 101: Fascist Italy

Author — Orthane


Wait... Forcing democracy on nations that don't WANT it and/or have no experience with it in the first place can backfire? Well we've certainly never seen that before...

Author — Astra Siezed


Hey, the American constitution doesn't lay out any rules for how a party system should work, and we turned out just fi- oh wait, no we didn't. Our partisanship is so effed up that nothing works and important debates get reduced down to "well, I've always worn blue, so I better agree with what other blue people say, whether or not I actually think it's a good idea".

Author — Devin Samuel


This is the real-life proof that history is best explained by not being serious and making fun of historical moments

Author — Petru Stefanescu


Gustav Stresemann is one of the most underestimated politicians in Germany and should be regarded as one of the first heroes of our democracy.

Author — OgerPinata