A History of the German Republic

A History of the German Republic

A History of the German Republic

A History of the German Republic

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In 1928, in the preface to my book, The Birth of the German Republic, I wrote as follows: 'I chose November 10, 1918, as the closing date for my study, although it would have been scientifically better to have brought it down to the acceptance of the Weimar Constitution by the National Assembly. For research purposes the line of division still comes on November 10--the documents for scientific investigation being largely available before but not after that date. To write a critical history of Germany after November 10, 1918, is impossible at present.'

At the time when these lines were written all that was known of the documentary background to German history since 1918 was what had been published in 1926 and 1927 by the Reichstag Commission for the Investigation of the Vehm Murders. These publications were largely the work of its energetic rapporteur, Paul Levi. Meanwhile documentary evidence has piled up to an extraordinary height. Stresemann Vermächtnis contained a great number of new and very important documents bearing on the history of the years 1923-29. Wentzke's book on the Ruhr struggle further illuminated the year 1923. Volkmann's historical work on the Revolution also contained new material.

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