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The Christmas truce : myth, memory, and the First World War

Author: Terri Blom Crocker
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 anger that soldiers felt toward the meaningless war that they had been tricked into fighting. Contemporaneous sources, however, show that the truce was not an act of defiance; rather, it arose from the professionalism  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Crocker, Terri Blom.
Christmas truce
(DLC) 2015028404
(OCoLC)908071881
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Terri Blom Crocker
ISBN: 9780813166162 0813166160 9780813166179 0813166179 9780813166650 0813166659
OCLC Number: 923253240
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: "A candle lit in the darkness": the Christmas truce and the First World War --
"Absolute hell": the Western Front in 1914 --
"A great day with our enemies": the Christmas truce --
"No war today": the Christmas truce as reported in official war diaries and regimental histories --
"One day of peace at the front": the Christmas truce and the British press --
"That unique and weird Christmas": the Christmas truce during the war --
"The curious Christmas truce": the First World War and the Christmas truce, 1920-1959 --
"The famous Christmas truce": the First World War and the Christmas truce, 1960-1969 --
"The legendary Christmas truce": the First World War, the Christmas truce, and social history, 1970-1989 --
"Memories of Christmas 1914 persist": orthodoxy, revisionism, and the Christmas truce, 1990-2014 --
"It was peace that won": the Christmas truce and the narrative of the First World War.
Responsibility: Terri Blom Crocker ; foreword by Peter Grant.

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In this detailed study, Terri Blom Crocker provides the first comprehensive analysis of both scholarly and popular portrayals of the Christmas Truce from 1914 to present. From books by influential  Read more...

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