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I wrote a while ago about Connie Willis bragging about her discovery of hitherto ignored elements of the second world war, like Dunkirk and evacuees. Yesterday in the Hodges Figgis sale I saw this book, about the WW1 Christmas truce. According to the blurb, it's one of history's "most forgotten" Christmas stories. That must be why there was an account of it in one of my primary school English books. And why it's become a commonplace cultural reference. You know, it would be perfectly easy for these writers to just say that these stories aren't known in America. To act like they've been forgotten everywhere else is ridiculous.

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ladyxoc
Jul. 1st, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
But the US=the world! *looks shocked*



of course, we can't remember beyond the fucking 1960's, but never you mind that.
slemslempike
Jul. 1st, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
That's ridiculous. Has the author not seen Blackadder? If it gets mentioned in one of the most popular recent sitcoms, it doesn't really count as forgotten any more. (Yes, I do get most of my historical knowledge off the telly.)
leedy
Jul. 1st, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
That's so bizarre. Wasn't it the subject of Paul McCartney's "Pipes Of Peace" video, as well?
daegaer
Jul. 1st, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
Argh! I saw that book! Rage!

Why are these people so stupid?
linaerys
Jul. 1st, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
And I, a US citizen, knew about the WWI Christmas Truce because John McCutcheon wrote a gorgeous song about it called "Christmas in the Trenches".
marginalia
Jul. 1st, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
that's the first reference in this american's mental file too :)

(we learned it in history too, of course, but that was a long time ago. my mom has that song on her christmas tapes so i hear it many times every year.)
lokust
Jul. 1st, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
i grew up in the states, and heard the story a number of times.
i think 'most forgotten' simply means 'please by this.'
theodicy
Jul. 1st, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, sweet baby Jesus.

:shakes head in disgust:
protoainsley
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
It never fails to amaze me how proud people in the States are to be ignorant.
enoneoftheabove
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Except... it is known in the states, as evidenced by this song:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/garthbrooks/belleauwood.html
kylegirl
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
Seriously, if Garth Brooks writes a song about something, I'm not sure we can call it "little known" even in the US. And I know this story; I think there was a TV movie about it, or a portion of a TV movie or something. And we talked about it in Western Civ.
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