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By David M Rosen

When we listen the time period “child soldiers,” such a lot americans think blameless sufferers roped into bloody conflicts in far-off war-torn lands like Sudan and Sierra Leone. but our personal background is stuffed with examples of kids focused on warfare—from adolescent prisoner of conflict Andrew Jackson to Civil warfare drummer boys—who have been as soon as seen as symbols of nationwide delight instead of indicators of human degradation.
during this bold new learn, anthropologist David M. Rosen investigates why our cultural belief of the kid soldier has replaced so substantially over the last centuries. Child infantrymen within the Western Imagination unearths how Western conceptions of youth as a uniquely susceptible and blameless kingdom are a comparatively contemporary invention. moreover, Rosen deals an illuminating background of the way human rights enterprises drew upon those sentiments to create the very time period “child soldier,” which they offered because the embodiment of war’s human cost.
full of stunning historic bills and facts—and revealing the explanations why one can't spell “infantry” with out “infant”—Child squaddies within the Western Imagination seeks to shake us out of our pervasive old amnesia. It demanding situations us to prevent baby infantrymen via a biased set of idealized assumptions approximately formative years, in order that we will be able to larger handle the realities of youth and pre-adolescents in wrestle. offering informative proof whereas interpreting fictional representations of the kid soldier in pop culture, this ebook is either eye-opening and thought-provoking.   

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