Mothers of Heroes, Mothers of Martyrs: World War I and the Politics of Grief

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
Suzanne Evans finds commonalities between the many images of war mothers - the Canadian Silver Cross mother, the ancient Jewish Maccabean mother of seven martyred sons, the mother of a Palestinian suicide bomber. She compares the lore about mothers of martyrs in the Judeo-Christian, Muslim, and Sikh traditions with stories of World War I Canadian mothers who were depicted in the media as having sacrificed their sons for the sake of civilization, justice, freedom, and God. After the war these mothers were honoured with the Silver Cross medal. Evans argues that, like the mothers of past martyrs, the image of the war-supportive mother in Canada had a powerful influence over public opinion and drew supporters to the cause.

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Suzanne Evans is a former divorce lawyer and business/sports reporter who holds a PhD in history from UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in "The" "New York Times", the "Los Angeles Times", the "Los Angeles Business Journal", " "and other national publications. She is also a freelance writer for The History Channel website and the creator of "The History Chef", a popular food history blog ( She lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband and four young children.

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