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By David M. Rosen

Children have served as infantrymen all through heritage. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil battle, and in either international wars. They served as uniformed infantrymen, camouflaged insurgents, or even suicide bombers. certainly, the 1st U.S. soldier to be killed via antagonistic hearth within the Afghanistan battle used to be shot in ambush by means of a fourteen-year-old boy.

Does this suggest that kid squaddies are aggressors? Or are they sufferers? it's a tough query with out seen solution, but lately the appropriate resolution between humanitarian enterprises and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those kids are almost always obvious as specially hideous examples of grownup felony exploitation.

In this provocative ebook, David M. Rosen argues that this reaction greatly oversimplifies the kid soldier challenge. Drawing on 3 dramatic examples-from Sierra Leone, Palestine, and japanese Europe throughout the Holocaust-Rosen vividly illustrates this debatable view. In every one case, he indicates that kids are usually not regularly passive sufferers, yet frequently make the rational selection that now not scuffling with is worse than scuffling with.

With a serious eye to overseas legislations, Armies of the younger urges readers to think again the location of kid warring parties in mild of condition and background sooner than adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the procedure, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photograph of the position of kids in foreign conflicts.

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