Author Archives: George Vascik, Historian

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

Discontinued posting

I have (sadly) discontinued posting to this blog. My department has decided that it does not believe in online learning, hence the rationale for devoting time to it no longer holds. I will post occasional cross-references from my Western Civ … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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German snipers training in Russia

Rob Schäfer has posted an interesting picture of German snipers training in the East. #WW1 German snipers training in Russia (1915) ..hard and experienced faces. #history — Rob Schäfer (@GERArmyResearch) February 2, 2015

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Remembering the Great War in Bonn

Since I first started travelling to Germany 35 years ago, I have always sought out monuments to the fallen in World War 1. One memorial in particular has always struck me: that in the entryway to the main university building … Continue reading

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The Diary of a Nursing Sister

I have learned of an incredible resource via Twitter: Read what Nursing Sister Kate Luard was doing this day in 1915 #WW1 — Kate Luard (@Unknownwarriors) January 28, 2015 Kate Luard was a British nurse serving on the Western … Continue reading

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Tracing the Great War in Berlin

I have just finished a productive trip to Berlin, where I dedicated myself to visiting the many museum exhibits dedicated to the topic. First and foremost, I spent a long afternoon in the German History Museum. My last couple visits, … Continue reading

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new from digital 1418

Otto Vervaart continues to provide excellent source materials for students of the First World War. He has recently posted four new resources that I have added this site: Wartime Canada: “an educational resource for teaching the history of Canada during … Continue reading

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