Social Sciences and Missions 23 (2010) 94–123 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187489410X488530 brill.nl/ssm Social Sciences and Missions Sciences sociales et missions “No More Cookies or Cake Now, ‘C’est la guerre’ ”: An American Nurse in Turkey, 1919 to 1920 Kathleen Sheldon Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Abstract Sylvia Th ankful Eddy was a nurse with the Near East Relief in Turkey, based at an American mission hospital at Aintab. She kept a diary during 1919-1920, when she witnessed a conﬂ ict between Turkish and French forces and Turkish persecution of Armenians. Her story counters the expectations of a missionary perspective, as she rarely mentions anything religious but fre- quently reports on sharing social activities with French soldiers. She was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for her actions in saving patients when the hospital was bombarded. Her story illustrates the complicated alliances of an American woman working at the intersection of vari- ous conﬂ icting national, ethnic, and religious communities, and demonstrates one woman’s route to missionary work. Résumé Sylvia Th ankful Eddy, inﬁ rmière, travailla pour le Near East Relief en Turquie où elle fut basée à
Social Sciences and Missions (preceeded by Le Fait Missionaire until 2006) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: TURKEY; AMERICAN MISSIONS; WAR; NEAR EAST RELIEF
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