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Borderland Studies Meets Child Studies

A European Encounter


Edited By Machteld Venken

This book provides a comparative analysis of the history of borderland children during the 20th century. More than their parents, children were envisioned to play a crucial role in bringing about a peaceful Europe. The contributions show the complexity of nationalisation within various spheres of borderland children’s lives and display the dichotomy between nationalist policies and manifest non-national practices of borderland children. Despite the different imaginations of East and West that had influenced peace negotiators after both World Wars, moreover, borderland children in Western and Central Europe invented practices that contributed to the creation of a socially cohesive Europe.

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This edited volume was kindly supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) under the Elise Richter Grant V 360 - G 22. Thanks to the additional publication grant PUB 401 – G 28 of FWF, the full edited volume is published in Open Access.


Cover image: ‘It’s chic to speak French’ (Departmental archives of the Haut-Rhin (Colmar, France). 756.W.OD, 24.OD.378.

Éclaireurs de France (1946-1965)).

Photography: Julien Fuchs

ISSN 2364-2874

ISBN 978-3-631-67555-7 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-07080-4 (E-PDF)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-71210-8 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-71211-5 (MOBI)

DOI 10.3726/b11559

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