The Golden Twenties and the Stabilization of the Weimar Republic 1924-1929

Goldene 20er und Stabilisierung der Weimarer Republik

The Golden Twenties and the Stabilization of the Weimar Republic

The Treaties of Locarno, the admission of Germany to the League of Nations and the Briand-Kellogg Pact mark the return of Germany as an equal member of the family of nations, while the Dawes Plan and later the Young Plan succeed in regulating the question of reparations and thus guarantee apparent stability. In the absence of majorities and cabinets, the political situation remains precarious. The women's right to vote, introduced in 1918, not only promoted women's emancipation and thus lifted gender barriers, but also favored the abolition of class differences. Social life profited from the good economic situation and marked a heyday of culture, art and science under the term of the "Golden Twenties". Technological progress and American influence (jazz music/film art) gave strong impetus to cultural development in Germany. In "Classical Modernism", theatre, literature, music, fashion, design and lifestyle break with old conventions. The urban population in particular indulges in an unprecedented sophisticated lifestyle. The shining centre of the new high feeling was Berlin, which in these years developed into a pulsating cultural metropolis.