Triquet's Cross: A Study of Military Heroism by John MacfarlaneTriquet's Cross: A Study of Military Heroism by John Macfarlane

Triquet's Cross: A Study of Military Heroism

byJohn Macfarlane

Hardcover | September 1, 2009

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One of only thirteen members of the Canadian Armed Forces to be awarded the highest military honour during the war, Triquet was later pressured to resign from the force due to the overwhelming public and political expectations that the award entailed. The role of hero did not suit Triquet and weighed heavily on him and his family. MacFarlane shows how Triquet's story was changed by those who wished to make his hero status the cornerstone in a political debate between francophones and anglophones, particularly with regard to his representing the Commonwealth despite his French-Canadian heritage.

Military heroism has changed in the postwar period, and heroes are no longer expected to be perfect models. But in 1944 Paul Triquet - perhaps the most popular Canadian hero of the war - was asked to conform to political, social, and military agendas. His story reveals much about Canadian and Québécois society at the time and the history of French-Canadians in the Second World War.
John MacFarlane is a historian with the Department of National Defence and author of Ernest Lapointe and Quebec's Influence on Canadian Foreign Policy.
Title:Triquet's Cross: A Study of Military HeroismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773535772

ISBN - 13:9780773535770

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Editorial Reviews

"An informative case study of the creation and function of public heroism." Carman Miller, McGill University