(1918-1932), period in which Germany was democratically governed. The Republic of Weimar was doomed to fail because the Germans were not familiar with democratic principles. After the departure of the Emperor Wilhelm II in 1918, a democratic government was established under the leadership of the German army. This government had a bad start, because they had to sign the Treaty of Versailles immediately. This treaty was seen by many Germans as a 'dictatorship'. As a result, an atmosphere of distrust of this government (form) had arisen.