World War 1 - The Christmas Truce of 1914

A History of the Christmas Truce in World War I and the Social and Political Landscape Before and During The Great War
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

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. This course takes a detailed look at the truce, within the context of the social and political landscape at the time. It also considers 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.

What Subjects Does the Course Cover?

The course begins with a look at a number of the factors that ultimately led to World War 1 and then describes in turn the early months of the war, the phenomenon that was trench warfare, some of the other unofficial armistices throughout history and also early attempts at a truce, in the December of 1914.

The Christmas Truce itself is then discussed, looking at the events that took place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, before examining the part that football may have played within the truce.

Finally, the legacy of the Christmas Truce is considered, especially in the context of the Centenary celebrations of 2014.

What Learning Materials are Included within the Course?

The course is broken down into 8 sections, comprising of over 30 lectures.

The majority of the lectures are video-based lessons, but there are also regular Did You Know snippets of interesting information and there is a multiple-choice quiz at the end of each section, so that you can test your knowledge as you go along.

Why You Should Take this Course?

The course acts as an ideal supplementary learning material for pupils or students studying the history of World War One, whether at school or at university.

However, the course is also an excellent resource for anyone who has an interest in learning about the Fist World War or has a passion for history in general.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no pre-requisites for this course, but ideally you should have a keen interest in history and an enthusiasm to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of the events surrounding the Christmas Truce of 1914
  • You will be able to familiarise yourself with the different events that led to the First World War
  • You will have a better understanding of the social and political environment of the period
  • You will be able to compare the media's reaction to the truce at the time with how the Christmas Truce is perceived today
  • You will learn about football's contribution to the war and in particular the part it played within the Christmas Truce

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning more about World War One and the Christmas Truce in particular
  • Pupils and students studying World War One in their History classes at school or at university
  • Authors researching the WWI period for a novel in an historic setting

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Section 1: An Introduction to: WW1 - The Christmas Truce of 1914
Section 2: The Road To War
A Powder Keg Waiting to Explode
Did You Know: Austria-Hungary
The Arch-Duke Franz Ferdinand
Did You Know: Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Wilhelm II
An Unlikely Assassination
Politics and Intrigue
Did You Know: The Schlieffen Plan
What have you learnt about the Road To War?
10 questions
Section 3: The First Few Months of the War
The Western Front
Did You Know: The Battle of Liège
A New Type Of War
Did You Know: The Futility of War
What have you learnt about the first few months of the war?
10 questions
Section 4: Early Attempts At A Truce
A Request From The Vatican
A Crack Down by the Generals
Did You Know: General Smith-Dorrien
Truces Through the Ages
What have you learnt about the early attempts at a truce?
10 questions
Section 5: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Christmas Eve
Did You Know: Princess Mary's Gift Boxes
Christmas Day
Did You Know: Turning A Blind Eye
Boxing Day to New Years Eve
Did You Know: Christmas 1915
What have you learnt about the Christmas Truce of 1914?
10 questions
Section 6: The Football Match
The Football Battalion
Did You Know: Heart of Midlothian
Brave Footballers Remembered
Did You Know: Walter Tull
Football in the Christmas Truce
What have you learnt about the Football Match?
10 questions
Section 7: Centenary of the Christmas Truce
The Legacy of the Truce
Did You Know: The Christmas Truce in the Media
Events to Mark The Centenary
What have you learnt about the Centenary of the Truce?
10 questions

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Instructor Biography

David James Ault, Author, Internet Marketer & Udemy Instructor

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our English Bullterrier, Shaggy.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

At that time I taught English as a Foreign Language, as well as Business English Mentoring, and then in 2005 I started working as a Freelance Translator, before finally setting up my own translation company.

During the last 15 years I have written a number of non-fiction books within a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various interests. More recently, I have also been writing fiction and non-fiction books for teenagers and young adults and, in January 2015, I set myself the goal of becoming a full-time author within the next two years. I am currently creating a series of online courses to impart some of the knowledge I have learned over the years to my students.

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