The Cabinet of the Weimar Republic

Chair: Kestrel Ferguson

TOPIC background:

“The Weimar Republic is often taught simply as a lead up to the rise of Hitler, however, this ignores the decidedly uncertain time period this was for Germany. This committee will be the Reichstag (the legislative branch of Germany during the interwar period) and will run from November 1919 to around 1929. This was a period with multiple attempted coups on both sides of the political spectrum, hundreds of assassinations, economic instability, and a democratic government that lasted until just after. Many of the issues facing Germany, including political extremism and economic uncertainty, are still highly relevant in the world today. I cannot wait to see how the committee tackles these issues and more!”

background guide coming in November!

 

A LETTER FROM THE CHAIR:

Hello Delegates,

My name is Kestrel Ferguson (they/them), and I am a Sophomore intending to major in Computer Science. However, I also enjoy learning about history, political science, and German (just to name some topics directly relevant to this crisis.) Outside of MUNUM, I am involved in OSTEM (Out in STEM) along with the German learning community, Max Kade. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this crisis play out; I think the interwar period is a very interesting and underappreciated period of history.

The Weimar Republic is often taught simply as a lead up to the rise of Hitler, however, this ignores the decidedly uncertain time period this was for Germany. This committee will be the Reichstag (the legislative branch of Germany during the interwar period) and will run from November 1919 to around 1929. This was a period with multiple attempted coups on both sides of the political spectrum, hundreds of assassinations, economic instability, and a democratic government that lasted until just after. Many of the issues facing Germany, including political extremism and economic uncertainty, are still highly relevant in the world today. I cannot wait to see how the committee tackles these issues and more!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Jesfer@umich.edu.

Geh’ Blau!

Kestrel Ferguson