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

4.45 (20 reviews)
1 hour
May 2015
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What you will 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


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.

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An Introduction to: WW1 - The Christmas Truce of 1914
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
16 July 2020
it is a decent course similar to the classes i took in school, yet are more in depth and packaged in a small size for quick consumption (unless your like me and taking notes is like writing a full on novel lol)
10 July 2015
I never expected to learn as much as I did! Concerning the importance of the Christmas Truce, I believe that football has become a way for countries today to compete in a (more or less) friendly way, and this is the reason why we attach the game to the Christmas Truce as we do.
20 May 2015
I've always had a bit of an interest in WWI, and this course definitely did not disappoint the armchair historian in me. The structure of the class is impeccable, and I really enjoyed the "Did You Know" segments in each section. And while people who enjoy history will definitely like this course, people who are new to WWI history will most certainly enjoy it as well. Great job, David!


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