Children in
European Borderlands

Topic: Kulturowo-historyczny krajobraz Środkowego Nadodrza

Duration: 01.2014 – 05. 2017

Project coordinator: dr Machteld  Venken.

Project partners: prof. UAM dr hab. Beata Halicka opracowująca temat: The everyday life of children in Polish-German borderland during the early post-war period.

Project partners: Institute of Eastern European History University of Vienna, German Historical Institute Warsaw, Palacký University Olomouc, University of Adam Mickiewicz, University of St. Andrews, University of Strasbourg, University of Luxembourg, University of Southern Denmark, Université Libre de Bruxelles, German Historical Institute in London, University of Brest.

Project co-funded by Austrian Science Fund


This project compares nationalisation, national identifications and social life worlds of the young who grew up in European border regions of annexation in the 20th century. It selects the two case-study regions Eupen-St.Vith-Malmedy (Belgium) and East Upper Silesia (district Lubliniecki, Poland) and presents a diachronical comparison of both post-World War periods (1920/22-1939/40 and 1944/45-1960). What the project seeks to examine is how nationalisation campaigns attempted to raise the young to be full members of the nation and how the young practiced affirmation or articulated distance towards nationalisation. As such, it shows what historiography can gain from an approach centred on the young and bridges the subdisciplinary gap between Western and East Central European historiography.


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