Item description for Children and War: A Historical Anthology by James Marten & Robert Coles...
"This anthology is breathtaking in its geographic and temporal sweep."--"Canadian Journal of History"
The American media has recently "discovered" children's experiences in present-day wars. A week-long series on the plight of child soldiers in Africa and Latin America was published in "Newsday" and newspapers have decried the U.S. government's reluctance to sign a United Nations treaty outlawing the use of under-age soldiers. These and numerous other stories and programs have shown that the number of children impacted by war as victims, casualties, and participants has mounted drastically during the last few decades.
Although the scale on which children are affected by war may be greater today than at any time since the world wars of the twentieth century, children have been a part of conflict since the beginning of warfare. Children and War shows that boys and girls have routinely contributed to home front war efforts, armies have accepted under-aged soldiers for centuries, and war-time experiences have always affected the ways in which grown-up children of war perceive themselves and their societies.
The essays in this collection range from explorations of childhood during the American Revolution and of the writings of free black children during the Civil War to children's home front war efforts during World War II, representations of war and defeat in Japanese children's magazines, and growing up in war-torn Liberia. Children and War provides a historical context for two centuries of children's multi-faceted involvement with war.
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Studio: NYU Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.36" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.99" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 24, 2002
Publisher NYU Press
ISBN 0814756670 ISBN13 9780814756676
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More About James Marten & Robert Coles
James Marten is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Marquette University. He is author or editor of more than a dozen books including The Children's Civil War and four NYU Press books: Children and War: A Historical Anthology; Children in Colonial America; Children and Youth in a New Nation; and Children and Youth during the Civil War Era.
James Marten currently resides in the state of Wisconsin. James Marten has an academic affiliation as follows - Marquette University.