Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 109–119 | Cite as

Citizenship and Children’s Identity in The Wonderful Adventures of Nils and Scouting for Boys

  • Björn Sundmark
Original Paper


The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1906–1907) by Selma Lagerlöf and Scouting for Boys (1908) by Robert Baden-Powell are characteristic of their time and their respective national and cultural contexts—the Swedish nation state of the early twentieth century and the British Empire. Taking its cue from recent theories on citizenship and education, the article discusses ways in which these two classic children’s books relate to citizenship, nation and education. Ultimately, both books point to ways in which education—in and out of school—can be used to promote individual growth and a peaceful and durable society for world citizens.


Lagerlöf Baden-Powell Scouting Nation Citizenship Peter Kemp 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Malmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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