Youth in the Fatherless Land: War Pedagogy, Nationalism, Authority in Germany, 1914-1918
The first comprehensive history of German youth in the First World War, this book investigates the dawn of the great era of mobilizing teenagers and schoolchildren for experiments in state building and extreme political movements like fascism and communism. It investigates how German teachers could be legendary for their sarcasm and harsh methods but support the world’s m...more
A study of what happened to school-aged children in World War I Germany. With particular emphasis on their schooling. Ranges from the fiercely belligerent essays they wrote to the detrimental effects on studies of having to stand in line for hours to get food.
Surveys the schooling that pre-existed, first, from Kaiser Wilhelm's objection to teaching them as if they were young Greeks or young Romans and not young Germans to the "continuation schools" that taught working-class youths a trade, much ...more