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Of Little Comfort: War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation after the Great War

Erika Kuhlman

Abstract

During and especially after World War I, the millions of black-clad widows on the streets of Europe's cities were a constant reminder that war caused carnage on a vast scale. But widows were far more than just a reminder of the war's fallen soldiers; they were literal and figurative actresses in how nations crafted their identities in the interwar era. This book compares the ways in which German and American widows experienced their postwar status, and how that played into the cultures of mourning in their two nations: one defeated, the other victorious. Each nation used widows and war dead as ... More

Keywords: World War I, war widows, fallen soldiers, interwar era, war dead, victory, defeat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814748398
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748398.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erika Kuhlman, author