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“One Day of Peace at the Front”: The Christmas Truce and the British Press

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The popular narrative of the truce further maintains that the event was “hushed up” by the military leadership and the government, and that the British public would have been horrified to learn that ... More


“A Great Day with Our Enemies”: The Christmas Truce

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History

In this chapter, the popular narrative of the truce is challenged by the letters and diaries of the soldiers involved. Although there were soldiers who joined in truces that mirror the conventional ... More


“Memories of Christmas 1914 Persist”: Orthodoxy, Revisionism, and the Christmas Truce, 1990–2014

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The increasing popularity of the story of the truce, which has been featured not only in books, articles, and documentaries, but also on numerous websites during this time, emphasizes its ... More


The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Terri Blom Crocker

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The 1914 Christmas truce, when enemy soldiers met, fraternized, and even played football in No Man’s Land during the first year of the First World War, is commonly perceived as a manifestation of the ... More


“No War Today”: The Christmas Truce as Reported in Official War Diaries and Regimental Histories

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Although the myths about the truce insist that military leadership was horrified by it and punished the junior officers involved, the official war diaries kept by each regiment, brigade, and division ... More


“That Unique and Weird Christmas”: The Christmas Truce during the War

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Contrary to the belief that the truce was known only to the soldiers involved, works published during the remainder of the war, including memoirs, collections of soldiers’ letters, contemporary ... More


“The Legendary Christmas Truce”: The First World War, the Christmas Truce, and Social History, 1970–1989

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

By 1970 the orthodox narrative of the “senseless” First World War was so firmly entrenched that it permeated all works on the subject during this time, which consistently maintained that the ... More


“A Candle Lit in the Darkness”: The Christmas Truce and the First World War

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses the conventional narrative of the Christmas truce and then introduces the popular narrative of the First World War, demonstrates how the standard view of the Christmas truce ... More


“The Famous Christmas Truce”: The First World War and the Christmas Truce, 1960–1969

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History

In the late 1950s and the 1960s, the orthodox narrative of the First World War began to coalesce around the “futile-and-senseless” view, which had previously been merely one strand in the conflict’s ... More


“The Curious Christmas Truce”: The First World War and the Christmas Truce, 1920–1959

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Works from the interwar and immediate post–World War II period, when everyone in Britain was supposed to be thoroughly disillusioned with the conflict, demonstrate that in fact the narrative of the ... More


“It Was Peace That Won”: The Christmas Truce and the Narrative of the First World War

Terri Blom Crocker

in The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166155
eISBN:
9780813166650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.003.0011
Subject:
History, European Modern History

With its centenary celebrations, interest in the truce has increased, as demonstrated by the plans for a commemorative football match in Belgium in December 2014. This chapter sums up the book, ... More


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