World War 1 - The Christmas Truce of 1914
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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
4.6 (14 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,597 students enrolled
Created by David James Ault
Last updated 5/2015
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  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
Requirements
  • There are no pre-requisites for this course, but ideally you should have a keen interest in history and an enthusiasm to learn
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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 30 lectures 01:03:55
+ The Road To War
7 lectures 15:37
The Arch-Duke Franz Ferdinand
02:55
Did You Know: Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Wilhelm II
00:28
Politics and Intrigue
03:05
Did You Know: The Schlieffen Plan
00:30
What have you learnt about the Road To War?
10 questions
+ The First Few Months of the War
4 lectures 07:17
The Western Front
02:43
Did You Know: The Battle of Liège
00:31
A New Type Of War
03:33
Did You Know: The Futility of War
00:30
What have you learnt about the first few months of the war?
10 questions
+ Early Attempts At A Truce
4 lectures 10:53
A Request From The Vatican
02:31
A Crack Down by the Generals
03:17
Did You Know: General Smith-Dorrien
00:28
Truces Through the Ages
04:37
What have you learnt about the early attempts at a truce?
10 questions
+ The Christmas Truce of 1914
6 lectures 10:09
Christmas Eve
03:00
Did You Know: Princess Mary's Gift Boxes
00:28
Christmas Day
02:57
Did You Know: Turning A Blind Eye
00:27
Boxing Day to New Years Eve
02:48
Did You Know: Christmas 1915
00:29
What have you learnt about the Christmas Truce of 1914?
10 questions
+ The Football Match
5 lectures 09:44
The Football Battalion
03:05
Did You Know: Heart of Midlothian
00:29
Brave Footballers Remembered
03:02
Did You Know: Walter Tull
00:27
Football in the Christmas Truce
02:41
What have you learnt about the Football Match?
10 questions
+ Centenary of the Christmas Truce
3 lectures 07:36
The Legacy of the Truce
02:40
Did You Know: The Christmas Truce in the Media
00:30
Events to Mark The Centenary
04:26
What have you learnt about the Centenary of the Truce?
10 questions