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According to the historian Jay Winter , one third of the total 9.
The number of German, British and Italian widows after the war, compared to the relative number of soldiers lost in these countries corroborates this estimate. For example, in , there were , widows in Germany and 2,, military men killed or missing; in Great Britain , there were , widows and , military men killed or missing; and in Italy , there were , widows and , military men killed or missing.
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France , on the other hand, presents an exception with the number of war widows reaching half the number of total losses: , widows and 1,, military men killed or missing. The conventions these women were subjected to were no different from those applying to widows in general. They had to wear mourning attire and respect a several month period of widowhood. The funeral rituals were, however, more specific to their situations, due largely to the temporary or definitive absence of a corpse.
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Those who did not respect these rituals or conventions ran the risk of being seen as unfaithful widows. The concept of the unfaithful widow had existed before the war, but regained popularity during the conflict due in large part to soldiers who feared being betrayed or forgotten, and moralists who saw widowed women as a possible source of social disorder that could potentially contribute to the military defeat of their respective countries.
Conventions of mourning were also affected by the different types of legislation regulating military burials within each country, which greatly affected mourning and commemoration rituals. In Britain, where there was a strict policy concerning burying fallen soldiers in situ , widows had to go abroad, whilst in Italy, France or United States , there was the possibility of recovering remains at the end of the war.
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The belligerent states promoted, or confirmed, legislation aimed at materially supporting war widows. Most of them granted a war pension with a supplement for the children , although pension amounts, as well as the attribution criteria varied from one country to another. Pensions were partially or totally lost by the widows in the case of remarriage. Even in their full capacities, these pensions were insufficient to cover the daily needs of the widows, many of whom topped up their incomes by working, or relied on help from their families or new spouses.
Some of the poorest widows also had recourse to charitable associations. In exchange for this help, the public powers allowed themselves to exercise fairly strong control over war widows. War widows were restricted by considerable social and political constraints. Because of this, it is possible to infer that many women were downtrodden and easily manipulated by their governments for propaganda purposes. Speeches and pictures from the time illustrate the ambiguous position of the war widow who was expected to remain faithful to her fallen husband, whilst also contributing to the renewal of future generations for the nation.
Several studies reveal that widowed women were not only aware of their contradictory situation but also learnt, either individually or collectively, to turn these constraints to their advantage, or to challenge these constraints through their actions.
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In France, for example, certain widows exploited their status during the war making use of their mourning attire to encourage pacifist ideas. Although these actions were repressed by authorities during the conflict, they were rarely sanctioned afterwards. In fascist Italy, during the interwar years, many war widows resisted the mystified maternal figure created by the regime.
In Germany, women artists faced with high death tolls also communicated ambivalence towards their loss. They felt unable to adhere to the figure of the patriotic women for whom loss should be worn with pride, and instead they exposed their feelings by adopting the motif of the disconsolate mourner. Section Editor: Emmanuelle Cronier. Bette, Peggy: War Widows , in: online.
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International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. It is in serving each other and in sacrificing for our common good that we are finding our true life. The badge, made of silver and designed by Andor Meszaros, was introduced in The badge featured the kookaburra, an industrious and cheerful bird who mated for life, was fearless and aggressive in the defence of its young and the area of territory it regarded as its own.
Isn't that what we are doing? The bird also had a unique call, not a song but a laugh, a chortle of rollicking mirth. It was a call to win the war widow back to laughter. View the full record at Australian Women's Register. Show comments and reviews from Amazon users.
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