1st Edition

Material Cultures of Childhood in Second World War Britain

By Gabriel Moshenska Copyright 2019
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    How do children cope when their world is transformed by war? This book draws on memory narratives to construct an historical anthropology of childhood in Second World Britain, focusing on objects and spaces such as gas masks, air raid shelters and bombed-out buildings. In their struggles to cope with the fears and upheavals of wartime, with families divided and familiar landscapes lost or transformed, children reimagined and reshaped these material traces of conflict into toys, treasures and playgrounds. This study of the material worlds of wartime childhood offers a unique viewpoint into an extraordinary period in history with powerful resonances across global conflicts into the present day.

    List of figures

    Preface and Acknowledgements



    Chapter 1: Gas masks

    Chapter 2: Collecting shrapnel

    Chapter 3: Air Raid Shelters

    Chapter 4: Bombsites

    Chapter 5: Aircraft down to earth



    List of BBC WW2 People’s War sources



    Gabriel Moshenska is Associate Professor in Public Archaeology at University College London, UK.