Children’s Voices from the Past

New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Kristine Moruzi
  • Nell Musgrove
  • Carla Pascoe Leahy

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nell Musgrove, Carla Pascoe Leahy, Kristine Moruzi
    Pages 1-25
  3. Children’s Letters and Correspondence

  4. Images of the Self

  5. Remembered Voices

  6. Speaking Back to Institutions

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-342

About this book


This book explores a central methodological issue at the heart of studies of the histories of children and childhood. It questions how we understand the perspectives of children in the past, and not just those of the adults who often defined and constrained the parameters of youthful lives. Drawing on a range of different sources, including institutional records, interviews, artwork, diaries, letters, memoirs, and objects, this interdisciplinary volume uncovers the voices of historical children, and discusses the challenges of situating these voices, and interpreting juvenile agency and desire. Divided into four sections, the book considers children's voices in different types of historical records, examining children's letters and correspondence, as well as multimedia texts such as film, advertising and art, along with oral histories, and institutional archives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kristine Moruzi
    • 1
  • Nell Musgrove
    • 2
  • Carla Pascoe Leahy
    • 3
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia
  3. 3.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11895-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11896-9
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