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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The first kind, ethnic nationalism, is based on the idea that the strongest bond iggnatieff a people will always be the one of the blood. To ask other readers questions about Blood and Belongingplease sign up.

Oct 18, Gillian Burles rated it it was amazing. Ignatieff, a journalist and author of both fiction and nonfiction works, demonstrates a sublime understanding of the The two countries have been at odds with each other since when Israel was recognized as a state. It was obvious, even to me, that the Communist elite had won power not merely by defeating a foreign invader but by winning a vicious civil war.

There is a German footballer with that spelling. A Serb is someone who is not a Croat. A very interesting read, though his voice was a bit too much the voice of entitled Liberalism. Buen libro sobre el nacionalismo y experiencias personales del autor. Much of the book reads in a way tha This book is not a Grand Theory of Nationalism presented, but instead an account of the rise of various strains of nationalism that caused an outbreak of violence in the early s.

Nationalist politicians on both sides took the narcissism of minor difference and turned it into a monstrous fable according to which their own side appeared as blameless victims, the other side as genocidal killers. Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard University and the University of Toronto. I almost don’t know what to say about this book. Islam has a place in France, provided it is willing to stay discreet as the other religions.


Being from Quebec, I found the section on Quebec separatism shrewdly perceptive at identifying contradictions.

My father, like the other diplomats, came to gossip and take the waters. He examines the unique expression of nationalism that each populace displays by interviewing various members of that particular society. David rated it really liked it Nov be,onging, If the government is illegitimate, then ideally nationalism steps in to demand a completely self-determined government, which renders proper representation to its populace.

If you’re interested, you could probably just watch his BBC series upon which the book was based. There is no real borders, no flag, no government and Kurds must acknowledge the state in which they reside i.

This situation with variation is experienced throughout the world. Its population is aroundThe diplomatic corps spent the summer there, in attendance upon the dictator who took up residence across the lake.

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

Freud once argued that the smaller the real difference between two peoples, the larger it was bound to loom in their imagination. His biggest and most critical failure is that he does not bother to define the key terms under discussion – nation, state, people, nationalism, nation state, patriotism He uses all these terms throughout the book and is inconsistent in their use. The Balkans, Quebec, reunified Germany, etc. 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.

It cannot be repeated too often that these people were neighbors, friends, and spouses, not inhabitants of different ethnic planets. In Ireland ethnicity, religion and politics are all bound into one expression or identity. The rule of laws not men, of argument in place of force, of compromise in place of violence — runs deeply against the human grain and is only achieved and sustained by the most unremitting struggle against human nature.


An outsider is struck, not by the differences between Serbs and Croats, but by how similar they seem to be. Wherever you walked, there were men in plain clothes, strolling beonging orwhispering into walkie-talkies. The second kind, civic nationalism, is based on the idea that people have now igbatieff past the allure of the blood, and live together feeling like a nation because of shared beliefs in politics, in how to run a state. To his credit Ignatieff does poses some good and profound questions about nationalism.

If the state makes the nation, then the aggressive nature of the German nation, which lead the world into two global wars, can be harnessed and redirected.

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Critique: Blood and Belonging, by Michael Ignatieff

The reality of Tito”s police state was just as obvious. Oct 29, Czarny Pies rated it did not like it Recommends it for: 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 belongging you.

As nations, as individuals, we react the same ways when we are blold we are connected in more ways than we can conceive. Peoeples sharing the same genes, sharing the same ancestors, feel close to each other.