Singled out : how two million British women survived without men after the First World War / Virginia Nicholson.
By: Nicholson, Virginia.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2008Description: xiv, 312 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780195378221 (alk. paper); 0195378229 (alk. paper).Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Women -- Great Britain | War widows -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century | Single women -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century | World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- Great BritainDDC classification: 306.81/53094109041
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -292) and index.
1: Where have all the young men gone? Two women ; Crown and joy ; Deeply loved and sadly missed ; A world without men ; Surplus two million -- 2: 'A world that doesn't want me'. The twilight state ; Odd women and Ann Veronicas ; The spinster problem ; Destiny and the devil ; The more of us the merrier -- 3: On the shelf. Husbands ; Mr Wrong ; Heart-to-heart chats ; A buyers' market ; 'But who will give me my children?' -- 4: Business girls. War, work and wives ; Palaces of commerce ; A rotten hard life ; Miss All-Alone in the classroom ; Miss All-Alone on the wards -- 5: Caring, sharing--. Lonely days ; Companions, consolations ; Other people's babies ; Lonely nights ; The blessed fact of loving -- 6: A grand feeling. A cause, a purpose and a passion ; The Well ; The urge ; Finding happiness as a 'bach' ; Surviving the night -- 7: The magnificent regiment of women. The challenge of loss ; We are not downhearted ; A good strong character ; Doing things that matter ; 'You loved him'.
Almost three-quarters of a million British soldiers lost their lives during World War I, and many more were incapacitated by their wounds, leaving behind a generation of women who, raised to see marriage as "the crown and joy of woman's life," suddenly discovered that they were left without an escort. Drawing upon a wealth of memoirs, this book tells the inspiring stories of these women: the student weeping for a lost world as the Armistice bells pealed, the socialite who dedicated her life to resurrecting the ancient past after her soldier love was killed, and many others who, deprived of their traditional roles, reinvented themselves into something better. Tracing their fates, Nicholson shows that these women did indeed harbor secret sadness, and many of them yearned for the comforts forever denied them--physical intimacy, a loving relationship, and children. Some just endured, but others challenged the conventions, fought the system, and found fulfillment outside of marriage.--From publisher description.