With The Warrior’s Honor and Virtual War, Blood & Belonging forms part of the acclaimed trilogy by Michael Ignatieff on the face of modern. In Blood and Belonging, Ignatieff makes a thorough examination of why blood ties–inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, Quebec. The author of the book travels on what he terms “the six journeys.” On these ” journeys” he encounters different cultures, as he travels to six different.

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This is a ugnatieff book all around, but I’d especially recommend it to younger folks who don’t remember the events of the early 90s first hand and want a good grounding in the consequences of the cold war and what emerged to take its place.

Blood and Belonging is a profound and searching look at one of the most complex issues of our time. With his sleekly groomed hair, permanent suntan, shiny silk suit, and black onyx ring on his finger, he resembled nothing so much, my father said, as a prosperous south German refrigerator salesman.

Nations are bound together by multiple bonds.

If you’re interested, you could probably just watch his BBC series upon which the book was based. While the present conflict is certainly a continuation of the civil war ofthis explains little, for one still has to account for the nearly fifty years of ethnic peace in between. He portrayed the destruction that he found in his journeys in a way that allowed the reader to experience the same despair and hopelessness of seeing it first hand.

He called this effect the narcissism of minor difference. To ask other readers questions about Blood and Belongingplease sign up. Avoiding an attempt to explain an extremely complex situation or to oversimplify the matter, it is a fact that many heads of state in the region are choosing political solutions to old religious problems.

Everyone now says the descent into hell was inevitable.

Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism by Michael Ignatieff

Even if you don’t agree with all his ideas, there’s no denying the quality of his craft and prose. Such rhetorical preliminaries, needless to say, were an essential precondition of the slaughter that followed. Islam has a place in France, provided it is willing to stay discreet as the other religions. Arguments are eloquently made using the lived experiences of people whose lives have been affected by nationalism, from Croatia, Quebec, Kurdistan etc.


In Blood and BelongingIgnatieff makes a thoro Until the end of the Cold War, the politics of national identity was confined to isolated incidents of ethnics strife and civil jgnatieff in distant countries. Jan 07, Kristofer Ekholm rated it really liked it.

It had the aspect of a novel without losing its academic nature. This is a large contributor to the reasons for the extreme violence present there today. This book ignited my academic interest in the question of nationalism, while at university.

He examines the unique expression of nationalism that each populace displays by interviewing various members of that particular society. Ignatieff, a journalist and author of both fiction and nonfiction works, demonstrates a sublime understanding of the Blood and Belonging, by Michael Ignatieff. Anf is a representation of Europe according to lgnatieff late Charles De Gaulle. The Islamic uprisings in France and the peace talks in southwest Asia between Israel ignatiefd Syria are beloning different perspectives to the argument.

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Moreover, it is a fallacy to regard either this war or the bolod war of as the product of some uniquely Balkan viciousness. States are dynamic, also their government and populace. In conclusion, the subject of the book, Blood and Belonging, has been discussed. The question has its roots and answers in the recent reunification of Germany.

Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Ukraine were, thankfully, in more ignatifff his journalistic style. Oct 18, Gillian Burles rated it it was amazing. Account Options Sign in. Ignatieff then goes on to stress the two kinds of nationalism that he encountered. Although Blood and Belonging is a work of journalism rather than an academic thesis, the discussion would have bflonging strengthened had the theories and scholarly contributions sparsely mentioned been more properly referenced.

Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism

He asks how ethnic pride turned into ethnic cleansing, whether modern citizens abd lay the ghosts of a warring past, why–and whether–a people need a state of their own, and why armed struggle might be justified. History has no such lesson to teach. The various systems of government which fall under the definition of federalism are not problematic to the people; unless, of course, they are not completely legitimate.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you belongung to read. I had never heard the word “liquidated” used like that before. Jan 03, Claire Selwood rated it it was amazing. The Kurds represent a nation without a state, who find themselves surrounded by other nations who are more aggressive nationalists.

Much of the book reads in a way that assumes a knowledge of the ignatieft of nationalism — Gellner, Anderson, Hobsbawm — but it’s not necessary to have read those guys to read it.

Since then I’ve re-read recently and his writing style is still great. Another interesting and important facet of the general shape of things that I know little of, and could stand to learn about. Michael Ignatieff traveled to areas where nationalism rides high. If the nation makes the state then Germany will always be a threat. Although Blood and Belonging is a work of journalism rather than an igatieff thesis, the discussion would have been strengthened had the theories a Even more ibnatieff now in than at the time of its first publication, Ignatieff’s account of nationalism and its complex components come to life through the author’s highlighting of local examples.

If one is looking for a nice travelogue, which fails on the discussion of nationalism and is filled with gaps and factual error, then this the book for you. I played tennis, ate wild strawberries, rowed on the lake, and conceived a passion for an unapproachable Swedish girl of twelve. Un viaje a seis enclaves del mundo: Paperbackpages.

An outsider is struck, not by the differences between Serbs and Croats, but by how similar they seem to be. Pride in civic nationalism, given its non exclusionary nature, and the centrality of the rule of law and other institutions of progress are desirable, though lack an emotional appeal.

I almost don’t know what to say about this book. Refresh and try again.

The introductory chapter was largely expository, but the The book explores the idea of nationalism and nationhood, which should not be assumed synonymous with statehood.