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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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List of Figures, Illustrations and Maps

Map 1:German Territorial Changes in the 20th Century.
Map 2:Alsace-Lorraine 1871–1918.
Map 3:The Memel Region in the Interwar Period.
Map 4:Poland’s Border Shifts After the Second World War.
Map 5:Danish North Schleswig since 1920.
Map 6:The Border Regions After theTreaty of Versailles (1920).
Map 7:The Border Regions During the Second World War (1940–44).
Illustration 1:(cover image) ‘It’s chic to speak French’.
Illustration 2:A plan of the municipal orphanage, viewed from the front, in 1909.
Illustration 3:The veranda of a sanatorium and a back view of the municipal orphanage and of its veranda.
Illustration 4:The bathrooms of the orphanage.
Illustration 5:The orphanage Saint-Joseph in Mulhouse.
Illustration 6:The ancient orphanage of Colmar.
Illustration 7:Members of the local ‘Bar Kochba’ in 1937 on the sports field.
Illustration 8:Inaugural assembly of the Betar in Memel 1927.
Illustration 9:Cover of the first issue of the magazine Jeune Alsace.
Figure 1:Religion of girls admitted in the orphanage between 1904 and 1933.
Figure 2:Religion of boys admitted in the orphanage between 1904 and 1933.