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From Hitler’s Youth to the British Child Soldier: How the Martial Regulation of Children Normalizes and Legitimizes War

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The popular slogan of the charity Save the Children that “Every war is a war against children”, attributed to the founder of the organization, Eglantyne Jeb, said to have been stated around one hundred years ago, is a reminder that wars take particular tolls on children and young people. Though often overlooked in scholarly and popular analyses of war, children are especially vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, and are particularly adversely affected by limited access to education and basic services in the chaos that often accompanies warfare. This is all in addition to their vulnerability to the immediate dangers of war itself.

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Basham, V.M. (2020). From Hitler’s Youth to the British Child Soldier: How the Martial Regulation of Children Normalizes and Legitimizes War. In: Beier, J. (eds) Discovering Childhood in International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-46063-1_7

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