Weimar was always the target. It was vulnerable because many did not accept its legitimacy, and because it was there: it stood in the way of Nazi power. (p. 28) The original context for this is that after the loss of the first world war, Germany was saddled with reparations, lost a lot of territory, and was in economic freefall. The government that agreed to these terms was not seen as legitimate, and therefore, ripe for being undermined and discredited. The
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