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The "Christmas Truce" of World War I

The "Christmas truce" of 1914, which took place between British and German troops stationed on the Western Front of WWI, left a lasting legacy of mutual respect, kindness, and honor. The unofficial cease-fire began after British troops responded to German caroling with Christmas songs of their own. Before long, the enemy soldiers were socializing, exchanging gifts, and even attending funerals together. How did officials opposed to the truce ensure that such a cease-fire would not happen again?



African Art

The legacy of African art spans thousands of years and myriad cultures. Though traditional art forms include masks, figures, and textiles, each culture's works have a unique visual style. Still, some common artistic themes can be seen in art from across the continent, including an emphasis on the human figure, sculpture, performance art, and visual abstraction. What Western artists were particularly influenced by African art when it became the subject of widespread attention in the 20th century?

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Jesus Christ

Most scholars agree that Jesus of Nazareth was a historical figure, a preacher and healer who was crucified by order of the Romans in Jerusalem. He is the central figure in Christianity and an important prophet in Islam. Christmas, December 25th by the Gregorian Calendar, is celebrated as his birthday, although there is no evidence that this was his actual date of birth. In Eastern Christianity, Jesus' birth is generally celebrated on what date?

Last updated on Friday, 25th December 2009

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