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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Contents

Heroes and Martyrs
3
The Seeds of the Martyrs Stories of Jewish Christian Islamic and Sikh Mothers of Martyrs
14
The Language of Sacrifice The Voice of Preachers and Artists in World War I
43
You Are All I Have to Give War Mothers Stories Rewards and the Other Face of Loss
77
Monuments and Memories The Mothers Role in the Sad Work of Commemoration
113
Governance of the Gardens of the Dead War Graves the Ancient Greeks and the Need to Remember and to Forget
137
Mothers and Memories
158
Notes
165
Bibliography
191
Index
207
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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 (LincolnsLunch.blogspot.com). She lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband and four young children.

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