The Stab-in-the-Back Legend and the Vietnam War

  title={The Stab-in-the-Back Legend and the Vietnam War},
  author={J. Kimball},
  journal={Armed Forces & Society},
  pages={433 - 458}
  • J. Kimball
  • Published 1988
  • Sociology
  • Armed Forces & Society
  • Although associated with post-World War I Germany, the stab-in-the-back perspective is a common cultural response to defeat in war. An American, post-Vietnam War version maintains that the military could have won the war but for the activities of Democratic presidents, Congress, civilian strategists, the press, and antiwar protesters. The roots of the legend lie in arch-conservative assumptions, partisanship, wartime right-wing criticism of Lyndon Johnson's war, militant cold war attitudes, and… CONTINUE READING
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