Small Stories of War: Children, Youth, and Conflict in Canada and Beyond
Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Sales Date: 2023-06-15
Published: June 2023
392 Pages, 159.00 x 235.00 x 1.00 in, 63 figures, colour insert
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Small Stories of War grapples with the meanings and memories of childhood and wartime by asking new questions about lived experience. Spanning the First World War to the early twenty-first century and featuring chapters about Canada, Australia, Germany, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and northern Uganda, this volume asks how young people encountered and responded to armed conflict. How did children, youth, and their families make sense of war in the violent twentieth century? How have they shared their stories and experiences of violence and trauma? Analyzing a broad range of sources including family letters, oral history, and children’s artwork, contributors offer important insights into the production of historical knowledge with and about young people.
Engaging with cutting-edge debates about emotions, temporality, space, and young people as political actors, Small Stories of War offers compelling new research and an interpretive toolkit that will benefit scholars from across the social sciences and humanities.
“In this innovative study the authors use oral history, material culture, letters, and art to centre children’s voices and experiences. Each chapter is well researched and sensitive to difficult subject matter. Collectively they make important contributions to the history of children and youth, war and society, memory and oral history, and the history of emotion and affect theory.” Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary