How Germany Was Reborn After The Defeat In World War I

There is an ongoing debate in historical scholarship about how quickly Germany managed to become great again after its defeat in World War I. In 1919, American President W. Wilson formulated the U.S. position on Germany – “moderation” (Thompson, 2022). English Prime Minister Lloyd George suspiciously quickly supported him (Thompson, 2022). He did not want to allow French hegemony on the continent, and subsequently, he planned to use Germany, which had strengthened sufficiently by that time, against Soviet Russia. This topic is chosen due not only to the broad discussion surrounding it but also to the deepening of all spheres of public life. This approach will allow a detailed study of the economic, political, and social trends of the 1920s.

The work plan includes a sequential study of the social, economic, and political aspects of Germany in the 1920s. In addition, the study touches on areas not only domestic politics but also foreign policy. Different points of consideration are the impact of the newly formed Soviet state on the reconstruction of Germany and the strife within the Allied bloc. By bringing together the data obtained and analyzed, it will be possible to find an answer to the question of how this event was made possible. One cannot ignore the revanchist sentiments of the local population, which became one of the main drivers of future progress and bloodshed. Using primary sources and research from recent years, it becomes possible to construct a model for the development of Germany in the 1920s and discuss alternative scenarios. This work will be a comprehensive study, which the following scholars can use as supporting or summarizing material.


Thompson, J. A. (2022). Woodrow Wilson and David Lloyd George: Uncongenial allies. In The Palgrave Handbook of Presidents and Prime Ministers from Cleveland and Salisbury to Trump and Johnson (pp. 79-99). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.