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Of Little ComfortWar Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation after the Great War$
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Erika Kuhlman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748398

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748398.001.0001

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An Army of Widows

An Army of Widows

(p.1) 1 An Army of Widows
Of Little Comfort

Erika Kuhlman

NYU Press

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the lack of scholarship on the relationship between a widow and the nation in which she lived. It then sets out the book's focus, namely the war and postwar experiences of people living in the United States and in Germany based on letters, diaries, popular-magazine articles, and correspondence between widows and their governments. Comparing Germany and the United States not only provides a view of war widows hailing from nations on opposing sides; it also allows for an “Old World” and “New World” perspective on the war itself and on wartime and postwar experiences. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   war widows, World War I, Great War, Germany, United States, postwar experiences

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