defeat in World War I, the Kaiser's abdication set off a
period of great internal conflict. The new democratic
government, the so-called Weimar Republic, sought to instill
democracy in a population that in many ways still sought a
"strong man" type of ruler. Beset by foes from the political
Left and Right, as well as by its own army and "Free Corps"
militias, the government often resorted to brute force in
order to survive. Eventually, of course, it did not survive,
as the German people found themselves willing to listen to
the leader of the National Socialist Worker's Party:
during Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch in 1923
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