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WISP Assignment 2 Germany


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WISP Assignment 2 Germany

  1. 1. WISP ASSIGNMENT 2: GERMANY Done By: Joshua Tan Paige Foong Melissa Hong Pow Xun Ping Brandon Era
  2. 2. World War 1 <ul><li>Germany faced an unreasonable Treaty by the allies after the first world war </li></ul><ul><li>As a result, their economy struggled to support the country, and the people faced intense poverty </li></ul><ul><li>A party, which strongly opposed this treaty was formed, the Nazis </li></ul>
  3. 3. World War 1 <ul><li>The Wall Street Crash in 1929 worsened the situation </li></ul><ul><li>The Weimar Government was seen by the people as corrupt and incompetent </li></ul><ul><li>The German public feared the rise of communism in Germany </li></ul>
  4. 4. World War 1 <ul><li>The Nazi party was part of the right wing ideology </li></ul><ul><li>The Nazi party staged a coup in 1923, attempting to overthrow the government </li></ul><ul><li>The Nazi party was rebuilt in 1925, and through spreading its ideals, it gained tremendous support of the people. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Political structures of 1920-1930s Germany <ul><li>The Weimar Republic was formed. </li></ul><ul><li>Made up of Right-wing extremists and left-wing </li></ul><ul><li>Period of crisis </li></ul>
  6. 6. Political structures of 1920-1930s Germany <ul><li>Golden Era (1924-1929) </li></ul><ul><li>Gustav Stresemann was appointed Chancellor. </li></ul><ul><li>Germany’s condition improved under his leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Germany’s international relations </li></ul>
  7. 7. Political structures of 1920-1930s Germany <ul><li>Fall of the Golden Era </li></ul><ul><li>Death of Stresemann in 1929 </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning of Great Depression </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Political, Economic, Social Factors <ul><li>With the Great Depression forcing German banks to go bankrupt, inflation was on the rise. </li></ul><ul><li>People were losing their total life savings </li></ul><ul><li>With some having lost everything to live for, many turned to crime. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other Political, Economic, Social Factors <ul><li>The Nazi’s began to gain popularity due to the nature of their party’s ideologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Hitler was a very charismatic speaker, being incredibly persuasive during the time of depression. </li></ul><ul><li>General public began to side Nazi viewpoints, blaming their plight on the allies, e.g. Treaty of Versailles etc. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What about Singapore in 2009? <ul><li>Discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Natural Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Loyalty </li></ul>
  11. 11. Discrimination <ul><li>There is only a minority of Muslim Singaporeans, while there is an overwhelming number of Chinese Singaporeans. </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign workers face discrimination from Singaporeans - the plans for housing for foreign workers at Serangoon Gardens met with a petition from its residents. </li></ul><ul><li>Residents said they were concerned about security, safety, litter, noise, theft, and property values if the 1,000 workers moved into the housing estate. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Lack of Natural Resources <ul><li>Water has always been a source of friction between Singapore and Malaysia </li></ul><ul><li>Singapore does not want to be dependant on another country to provide resources </li></ul><ul><li>Likely cause of panic and desperation for Singaporeans </li></ul>
  13. 13. Loyalty <ul><li>Singapore has been led by a single strong personality (Lee Kwan Yew of PAP) in a nearly one-party state since the 1950s. </li></ul><ul><li>Singaporean’s loyalty to the ruling party, as shown as their loyalty to PAP, is dangerous in the case that if the ruling party decides on taking over Johor, most Singaporeans would not object or resist. </li></ul><ul><li>Singapore has been a prosperous and thriving city for so long, people might panic at the sign of trouble, and fall into the ruling party’s hands to keep the stability and progress of the country. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Addressing Discrimination <ul><li>There is no way to fully get rid of discrimination in this world. </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start education on social harmony from young (Current) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constantly report good things that come from social cohesiveness in Singapore </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. How even after the housing for foreign workers were built, no theft and noise increase etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Show them the issue from the viewpoint of the other party that they are discriminating against </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Problems & Challenges: Discrimination in Singapore <ul><li>The fact that discrimination can never be fully rid of. </li></ul><ul><li>There really is an increase in noise & theft etc., and is mostly committed by the foreign workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Singaporeans are unwilling to critically think about the other party’s viewpoint, and become more apathetic and selfish </li></ul>
  16. 16. Addressing the Lack of Natural Resources <ul><li>Other countries with natural resources in the world, Malaysia is not the only one. </li></ul><ul><li>Even if Singapore doesn’t want to be dependant on someone else, it doesn’t have a choice! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D becomes extremely important if we ever hope to be even partly “independent” of other countries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using money in other areas to get equipment needed to help us get natural resources </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Problems & Challenges: Lack of Natural Resources <ul><li>Too expensive in the long run to get from further away countries </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient funds for R&D and equipment </li></ul>
  18. 18. Addressing Single-Party Dominance <ul><li>People are more open to views nowadays, so opposition parties are able to push their ideas forward & be accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Before the decision to launch an attack, media should help to gather views of the people and report truthfully about it. </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest challenge </li></ul>
  19. 19. Problems & Challenges: Single-Party Dominance <ul><li>People are too afraid to oppose single ruling party </li></ul><ul><li>Media may not be objective in reporting because of government control </li></ul>