Gustav Stresemann (1878-1929)

During the Weimar years, Stresemann became the leader of the German People’s Party . Stresemann struggled to maintain party support for the Republic despite the anti-democratic forces within the German People's Party.

Between 1923 and 1929, Stresemann served as Weimar Foreign Minister. He worked to create good relations between Germany and her neighbors, particularly France. Stresemann frequently spoke at the League of Nations. He also negotiated treaties to renounce war in favor of peaceful resolution of disputes. The Nazis considered Stresemann one of their principle enemies. Stresemann’s death in 1929 robbed the Weimar Republic of one of its greatest defenders.

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