The Conflict Of The Truce

1159 WordsApr 20, 20165 Pages
Outline: Chapter one covers the period from 1914 to 1940, assessing why the truce was spoken about at the time yet all but disappeared from history for the next 50 years. Chapter two looks at memories of the truce from the 1940s to the 1980s, focusing on the impact of the Second World War and Cold War on narratives of war. The last chapter focuses on memories of the truce from the 1990s to the present day, questioning why the anti-war rhetoric continued to dominate histories of war despite revisionist attempts to resurrect these views. Memories of the truce continue to resonate with the public today not only as part of the First World War heritage, but because the truce represents the timeless message of how peace and humanity can exist despite the horrors of conflict, giving people hope for future. Therefore, the past should be understood through a contemporary lens (QUOTE) and scholars pay more attention on locating myths in their context rather than criticising them for inventing traditions. CHAPTER ONE ‘This chapter will explore why the truce was covered in newspapers at the time yet did not capture the public’s attention in the subsequent fifty years. In the three weeks after Christmas in 1914, the truce was reported yet accounts were wary of giving any opinion on the event (SOURCE EVIDENCE). Although there was interest in the truce, uncertainty over the authorities’ opinion on the fraternisation meant the press didn’t want to be seen supporting it. The accounts
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