Music, History, and Culture in the Shadow of the Great War - Terri Blom Crocker
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Oct. 2 – Nov. 8, 2018
Music, History, and Culture in the Shadow of the Great War
Thursday, November 8th, 12:30 pm: Pre-Opera Keynote Lecture: The Christmas Truce: Myth and Memory
Terri Blom Crocker, UK Instructor, history, author of The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War
The 1914 Christmas Truce – that famous day when soldiers along the Western Front abandoned their trenches and met in No Man’s Land to sing carols, share food and cigarettes, and even play a little soccer – occupies a special place in the memory of the First World War. The truce is remembered today as a heartwarming tale about how ordinary soldiers’ hatred of an unwanted war led them to defy their commanders and join in brotherhood with their enemies.
However, like many popular narratives of the past, the story of the 1914 impromptu armistice is more complicated than it first appears. The letters and diaries of the men who were involved in the Christmas Truce demonstrate that many thought of the “great day with our enemies” as temporary time off from fighting and a chance to satisfy their curiosity about the soldiers in the opposite trenches rather than as a rebellion against the war. Untangling the myths that have grown up around the 1914 truce helps us to understand how the power of an appealing narrative can transform our ideas about the past.
Terri Blom Crocker is from New York City and has an undergraduate degree from Elmira College and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She is the author of The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War, published by the University Press of Kentucky. Dr. Crocker is the Senior Paralegal for Investigations in the UK Office of General Counsel as well as an instructor in the Department of History.
Co-sponsored by UK Opera Research Alliance and UK Opera Theatre
As the UK School of Music Opera Theatre gears up to present Silent Night - the international sensation honoring the centennial of World War I’s conclusion by recounting a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history - join us as the Musicology program hosts a number of lectures covering the musical, visual, literary, and cultural context of World War I. Then see the UK production of Silent Night Nov. 9-11 with a whole new appreciation!