The Children's War: Britain, 1914-1918

Hardcover | February 4, 2014

byRosie Kennedy

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British children were mobilised for total war in 1914-18. War dominated their teaching and school experience, it was the focus of their extra curricular activities and they enjoyed it as a source of entertainment in literature and play. Children were not shielded from the war because it was believed their support was vital for Britain's present and future.

The study of children's lives provides a unique perspective on British society during the First World War. It lets us get to the very essence of how Britain's adults perceived the war and allows us to explore the methods society used to communicate with itself. Children's connection to the war, however, was personal. Millions had a relative in the army and those that did not had friends, neighbours and teachers involved in the fighting. Their participation, therefore, while shaped by adults, was motivated by a desire to remain in touch with their absent fathers and brothers.

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British children were mobilised for total war in 1914-18. War dominated their teaching and school experience, it was the focus of their extra curricular activities and they enjoyed it as a source of entertainment in literature and play. Children were not shielded from the war because it was believed their support was vital for Britain'...

Rosie Kennedy completed her PhD in 2006. She has been a Visiting Tutor in the History Department of Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK since 2004.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 0.8 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230221750

ISBN - 13:9780230221758

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. Families at War
3. War Imagined
4. Children in Uniform
5. War in the Classroom
6. Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"It was not only adults who became mentally and physically committed to the war for, as Rosie Kennedy demonstrates in this fascinating study, children were mobilised and, to a large extent, mobilised themselves . . . This study, which . . . is based on extensive research, is an important contribution to our knowledge of British society during the Great War. It is also eminently readable." - Times Higher Education