War and Childhood in the Era of the Two World Wars

According to ideals of childhood widely accepted throughout the world by 1900, children should have been protected, even hidden, from conflict and danger. Yet at a time when modern ways of childhood became increasingly possible for economic, social, and political reasons, it became less possible to fully protect them in the face of massive industrialized warfare driven by geopolitical rivalries and expansionist policies. The studies collected in this volume, edited by Mischa Honeck and James Marten and published in the GHI's series with Cambridge University Press, show how the engagement of children and youth with war differed according to geography, technology, class, age, race, gender, and the nature of the state and reveal how children acquired agency during the twentieth century's greatest conflicts.

War and Childhood in the Era of the Two World Wars edited by Mischa Honeck and James Marten is available from Cambridge University Press in the “Publications of the German Historical Institute” series.