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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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“The Curious Christmas Truce”

“The Curious Christmas Truce”

The First World War and the Christmas Truce, 1920–1959

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The Christmas Truce

Terri Blom Crocker

University Press of Kentucky

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 war was still at this point hotly disputed, and remained so through the late 1950s. Memoirs, treatises, novels, general histories, and polemics all took different attitudes toward the war, and the truce was an important part of this contested narrative: some dismissed it as a mere curiosity, while others contended that the cease-fire signified an important moral about the conflict.

Keywords:   First World War, Christmas truce, Trenches, Good-bye to All That, Robert Graves, All Quiet on the Western Front

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