MLK Peace Committee teaching packs: To help schoolteachers mark the December 1914 Christmas Truce

Christmas Truce

The Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee has released a set of resources to help schoolteachers mark the December 1914 Christmas Truces as part of their World War 1 teaching and as a counterpoint to the remilitarisation of the Great War's legacy.

The truces are worth teaching about because they are simply so remarkable and evocative in themselves. Ordinary men recognising their common humanity infuriated high commands by temporarily stopping the industrialised slaughter of the trenches.

However at a time when revisionist historians and politicians are offering retro-chic defences of the First World War as somehow necessary or even heroic, the truces can also teach an important peace message that may otherwise be overlooked in the centennial commemorations.

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