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Harvard Historical Studies 169

Youth in the Fatherless Land

War Pedagogy, Nationalism, and Authority in Germany, 1914–1918

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$61.50 • £49.95 • €55.50

ISBN 9780674049833

Publication Date: 04/01/2010


344 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 halftones, 3 charts, 2 tables

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  • List of Illustrations*, Figures**, and Tables***
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. Youth, Authority, and Nationalism before 1914
    • 1. The Pedagogy of Obedience and Its Critics
    • 2. The Constraints on Chauvinism
  • II. The Patriotic Mobilization, 1914–1915
    • 3. War Pedagogy in the Era of the Burgfrieden
    • 4. The Content and Popularity of War Literature
    • 5. Organized Leisure and Patriotic Voluntary Labor
  • III. Social Breakdown and Political Radicalization, 1916–1918
    • 6. Deprivation and the Collapse of Schooling
    • 7. The Upheaval of Families
    • 8. The Dwindling Controls over Sex, Crime, and Play
    • 9. Propaganda and the Limits on Dissent
    • 10. Politicization and Repression
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: The Ten Commandments of a War Pedagogy
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Illustrations:
    • No school: victory holiday!
    • Voluntary knitting session in a Berlin elementary school
    • “In the Thick of the Fight”
    • “Whoever Buys War Bonds Shortens the War”: schoolchildren advertising war bonds
    • Schoolchildren displaying sale amount after the eighth war bond drive
    • Schoolgirls shoveling snow
    • Military youth training: firing line
    • Military youth training: bicycle patrols
    • Doctor examining emaciated schoolchildren
    • Broadside announcing illegal antiwar strike organized by oppositional Socialist youth
  • ** Figures:
    • 5.1. Male youths in military training as a percentage of all 16- and 17-year-olds, by county
    • 7.1. Apprentices in continuation schools in Düsseldorf, 1902–1918
    • 8.1. Youth crime in Germany, 1882–1921
  • *** Tables:
    • 6.1. School instruction in Munich elementary schools, September 1915
    • 6.2. Annual school lunches in Düsseldorf

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