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Lost Histories of Youth Culture

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Edited By Christine Feldman-Barrett

Young people and their activities always have been a part of history – yet such narratives have remained mostly untold and often lost in the sands of time. This unprecedented and international collection sheds light on youth’s hidden histories from the nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century: whether from the American Civil War, Maoist China, postcolonial Greenland, or contemporary Iran. These tales of leisure, identity, and belonging take readers into the heart of youth history and uncover heretofore unrecognized cultural contributions that young people have made across time and throughout the world.

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Introduction: Youth Histories Lost and Found (Christine Feldman-Barrett)

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In 1974, a series of books was published on the history of youth: Anthony Esler’s The Youth Revolution, John R. Gillis’s Youth and History, and Friedrich Heer’s The Challenge of Youth. Not long after, in early 1975, historian K. H. Jarausch, then ...

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