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Playing Soldier

The Books and Toys That Prepared Children for War, 1871–1918

The ways books, magazines, printed ephemera, and toys relating to military life and wartime experience were used to persuade boys to admire, and aspire to become, soldiers and sailors are illuminated in this lively catalogue, which accompanied a Grolier Club exhibition. Covering the period 1871–1918, Richard Cheek shows that young people were encouraged to accept war as an inevitable form of human behavior that offered them a swift path to manhood, defined by acts of exceptional bravery, selfless service, and patriotic devotion. A lavishly illustrated visual history, Playing Soldiers is a valuable resource for those interested in the influence of war culture on children.

471 pages | 1291 color plates | 10 x 12 1/2

Children's Books

History: Military History

Reference and Bibliography

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"For anyone interested in how children’s book illustration served national destiny in the run-up to World War I, this is a must-see publication.”

Andrea Immel, Cotsen Children's Library

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Collector’s Perspective Introduction
Great Britain
United States

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