The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
This object lesson explores a German geography board game produced during the years around 1800, The Journey from Prague to Vienna. Its spatial orientation, colorful narration, and gameplay help us understand how middle-class German-speaking children were situated socially and politically on a map. Within a world rife with territorial instability and emerging nationalisms, this object taught bourgeois youth that they shared in an imagined German cultural identity. In this way, The Journey from Prague to Vienna links the history of play with the politicization of children’s education.
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Bruce, Emily and Elise Klarenbeek. "Playing on the Map: An Educational Game from the Age of Revolutions." The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 13, no. 1 (2020): 9-17.