Miki's Reviews > Teenage : The Prehistory of Youth Culture, 1875-1945

Teenage  by Jon Savage
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it was amazing

Fascinating and heartbreaking, especially when you learn how the "muscular Christianity" ethic & militarization of schools in Britain and in Germany during the late 1800s and early 1900s contributed to the fervent pro-war culture that ended up slaughtering millions of young people in World War I. It's even more heartbreaking as you read about the whole thing happening again in the lead-up to WWII.
It's also riveting, reading about the sensationalist media in the U.S. during the late 1800s and their coverage of teenage criminals and street gangs of homeless kids. It sounds depressingly familiar, to say the least.
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July 13, 2008 – Shelved

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