I am pretty sure if you passed middle school you know about the post-WW1 depression Germany went through. I do too, but I have been trying to look around for answers pertaining to a few questions regarding Germany and its economy. But the questions very much so feed in to what Germany is now, and to be honest it is one of the better countries that are thriving in the resection we are in. This is not to get homework done (mostly because I am being forced to take one of the most bullshit "history" classes on Earth which is "Big History"). I just find it purely interesting mostly because a lot of the past affects the future and can help you develop answers to modern day problems like the recession the world is facing right now. When did Germany become self-reliant, why, and who helped ultimately stabilize it? (I predicted that it leads up to my second question.) Why is the German economy doing so much better than everyone else right now? My background of the topic so far: NOTE: If I am wrong on anything below please tell me, I apologize in advance if I am. The Dawes Plan helped stabilize Germany and it became dependent on foreign investors, so when Wall Street crashed in 1929 Germany was fucked. Hitler took that chance to merge with the German National People's Party and take control of it when the Liberty Law fell through. That is when the Young Plan came into place where they reduced payments and demands (but yet still demanded something around 700 million despite the fact that they had the debts cancelled). This is where the gap in history comes in to play for me because when Hitler took power he mass produced planes, tanks, guns and the lot to help form the German Army. How could he do that when the economy was still in bad shape, wouldn't it make the economy worse? I know it created jobs but you can't pay people with money you don't have (yes I know they had more than enough money in a literal perspective, but I took into account the basic rules of inflation). During WW2 the economy got worse because Germany constantly had to invade other countries to make up for the resources that the countries outside of the Axis Powers refused to give (The Allies and the Neutral countries). Post WW2, Germany split during the Cold War and we noticed West was going steady because of the Marshall Plan. Obviously the East Germans wanted to be there which sparked the Berlin Wall, so East Germany crumbled. When they reunified in the 80's the economy was not doing bad, nor good. Thirty years later we see Germany being mildly affected by the current recession. This is where my second question comes into play, so does anyone know why Germany is in the healthiest state in terms of growth, unemployment rates, GDP and PPP?