The Stab-in-the-Back


This week I received my author’s copy of The Stab-in-the-Back Myth and the Fall of the Weimar Republic in the mail. Bloomsbury Press has done an excellent job. The documents are clearly set out within the text and the visual sources are beautiful. The book is now available for pre-order, with publication in August.

When we began the project, our goal was simple. The centenary of the end of the Great War would soon be upon us and countless students would decide to write term papers and theses on the question of the Stab-in-the-Back. While the Dolchstoß is a common trope in the English-language literature – and is widely seen as a major component in the Nationalist/Antisemitic critique of the Weimar Republic – there were few primary sources available in the English language. Our hope was to provide such material for both students and instructors.

Once we began to collect and translate our source documents, it became clear not only that there were a variety of anti-Republican myths, other Germans (particularly Communists and leftist Social Democrats) also felt that they had been stabbed-in-the-back. Unravelling these various strands of memory proved to be an exciting, if difficult task. I look forward to seeing how the book is received.


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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