THE ATTITUDE OF GUSTAV STRESEMANN AND DVP TO THE KAPP PUTSCH (13-17 MARCH 1920) (Gustav Stresemann i DVP wobec puczu Kappa (13-17 marca 1920 roku))
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The article presents the attitude of Gustav Stresemann and his party (DVP) to the putsch by the extreme right. On the first day of the putsch, DVP welcomed the new government of Wolfgang Kapp (declaration of March 13), a decision that turned out to be a political mistake. When the balance tipped in favor of forces loyal to the republic, DVP found itself in isolation. G. Stresemann tried to mediate between the two governments and even managed to induce the putsch leaders, W. Kapp and gen. Walther von Lüttwitz, to abdicate. This however did not protect him from later accusations of collaboration with the putschists. The events of March 1920 were a lesson for DVP and especially for G. Stresemann, who realized that the future of the party lies in declaring firm support for the republic.
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