World War One – The Christmas Truce of 1914
20th Century

World War One – The Christmas Truce of 1914

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About the Course

The Christmas Truce of 1914 was a remarkable episode during World War I; a single fleeting moment of man’s humanity, amidst the horrors of war.

The online history course World War One – The Christmas Truce of 1914 takes a detailed look at the truce, within the context of the social and political landscape at the time. It begins with a look at some of the factors, which ultimately led to the First World War and then goes on to describe the early months of the war, trench warfare, other unofficial armistices throughout history and also early attempts at a truce during the first year of the war.

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The Christmas Truce itself is then discussed, with a detailed look at the events that took place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 1914, before considering the part that football may or may not have played during the truce and why it is that a football match has become the overriding symbol of the Christmas Truce in modern times.

Finally, the legacy of the Christmas Truce is examined, particularly in the context of the Centenary celebrations of 2014.
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