By David M. Rosen
"No pondering individual, no media commentator, no political chief can have enough money to be with out this book--not in the event that they care in regards to the fact and need to appreciate one of many extra lousy realities of our time. it is going to stir you to motion on behalf of the world's susceptible children." --Phyllis Chesler, writer of the hot Anti-Semitism young children have served as squaddies all through heritage. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil conflict, and in either international wars. They served as uniformed squaddies, camouflaged insurgents, or even suicide bombers. certainly, the 1st U.S. soldier to be killed by way of opposed hearth within the Afghanistan conflict was once shot in ambush by way of a fourteen-year-old boy. Does this suggest that kid infantrymen are agressors? Or are they sufferers? it's a tricky query with out visible solution, but lately the appropriate resolution between humanitarian companies and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those kids are normally noticeable as in particular hideous examples of grownup felony exploitation. during this provocative ebook, David M. Rosen argues that this reaction tremendously oversimplifies the kid soldier challenge. Drawing on 3 dramatic examples--from Sierra Leone, Palestine, and jap Europe through the Holocaust--Rosen vividly illustrates this arguable view. In every one case, he exhibits that youngsters will not be regularly passive sufferers, yet usually make the rational choice that now not scuffling with is worse than struggling with. With a serious eye to foreign legislation, Armies of the younger urges readers to think again the placement of kid opponents in gentle of situation and historical past ahead of adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the procedure, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photograph of the position of youngsters in foreign conflicts. David M. Rosen is a professor of anthropology and legislation at Fairleigh Dickinson college. A quantity within the Rutgers sequence in early life experiences, edited via Myra Bluebond-Langner, Rutgers college, Camden.
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Only the outbreak of war radically transformed the youth groups into fighting units. The Outbreak of the War and the Development of Armed Resistance among Youth The outbreak of the war surprised many leaders and members of youth organizations. As German bombs fell on Bialystok, Poland, nineteen-year-old Chaika Grossman met with the fifteen- and sixteen-year-old members of her Hashomer Hatzair ken. 22 Misha Melamed, age fifteen, caught unawares when the war reached his town of Ivye in Belarus, tells us, “I returned home from a party in school celebrating the end of the year of study.