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The Christmas TruceMyth, Memory, and the First World War$
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Terri Blom Crocker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166155

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.001.0001

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“A Candle Lit in the Darkness”

“A Candle Lit in the Darkness”

The Christmas Truce and the First World War

(p.1) 1 “A Candle Lit in the Darkness”
The Christmas Truce

Terri Blom Crocker

University Press of Kentucky

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 supports that narrative, and reviews recent historiography that challenges the conventional war narrative. The truce is then reexamined to illustrate how it can contribute to a more complete understanding of the First World War.

Keywords:   Christmas truce, First World War, Memory studies, Trenches, Western Front

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