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"How to research the history of childhood: Budapest’s children after the Great War"

Referentin: PD Dr. habil. Friederike Kind-Kovács
24/04/2024 - 12:10
Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana

Description of the event

How can we write the history of childhood and of children? And what does the history of childhood add to the broader field of modern history? Tackling these and other questions, the proposed talk will showcase the story of Budapest's Children in the aftermath of the First World War. It will reconstruct how Budapest turned into a laboratory of transnational humanitarian intervention. It first explores the ways in which migration, hunger, and destitution affected children's lives, casting light on children's particular vulnerability in times of distress. It will then draw on extensive archival research to reveal how Budapest's children, as iconic victims of the war's aftermath, were used to mobilize humanitarian sentiments and practices throughout Europe and the United States. And finally, the talk investigates the dynamic interplay between local Hungarian organizations, international humanitarian donors, and the child relief recipients.

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