traumatized children stranded behind enemy lines who joined partisan bands

Traumatized children stranded behind enemy lines who

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traumatized children stranded behind enemy lines who joined partisan bands seeking protection and survival; and approximately 5,000 boys trained in naval cadet schools many of which saw action on cruisers, destroyers and patrol boats during and after the war. The experiences of these groups, their physical and psychological state, and the duties they performed are brought to life through a skilful combination of published memoirs, oral history interviews and archival documents, in particular children’s letters, drawings, contemporary interviews and official reports. Despite the importance of this examination of the combat deployment of Soviet adolescent the book’s central thrust lies elsewhere. The book is divided into two parts, each with its own introduction and overview. Part One provides a critical context for understanding Soviet child soldiers. It reconstructs the ideological, social and economic background to children’s participation in hostilities, the
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factors motivating adolescents to fight, and the role the state played in encouraging and recruiting minors. Kucherenko argues that children’s, ‘willingness to fight was a reflection of the social norms accepted and cultivated in Soviet society’ (p.9). Therefore, an exploration of the political and social processes shaping children’s identities provides an opportunity to discover what motivated their enthusiastic demands to fight. The case is built over three chapters, via an examination of educational and upbringing practices, that the state helped promote the notion of child participation in warfare. Chapter One evaluates the impact of state propaganda on children’s individual and collective psyches. Brief examinations of
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