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Until the end of the Cold War, the politics of national identity was confined to isolated incidents of ethnics strife and civil war in distant countries. Now, with the collapse of Communist regimes across Europe and the loosening pf the Cold War'd clamp on East-West relations, a surge of nationalism has swept the world stage. In Blood and Belonging , Ignatieff makes a thorough examination of why blood ties--inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, Quebec, Germany, and the former Soviet republics--may be the definitive factor in international relation today. He asks how ethnic pride turned into ethnic cleansing, whether modern citizens can 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. Blood and Belonging is a profound and searching look at one of the most complex issues of our time.

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Until the end of the Cold War, the politics of national identity was confined to isolated incidents of ethnics strife and civil war in distant countries.

Now, with the collapse of Communist regimes across Europe and the loosening pf the Cold War'd clamp on East-West relations, a surge of nationalism has swept the world stage. In Blood and Belonging , Ignatieff 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 war in distant countries.

In Blood and Belonging , Ignatieff makes a thorough examination of why blood ties--inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, Quebec, Germany, and the former Soviet republics--may be the definitive factor in international relation today.

He asks how ethnic pride turned into ethnic cleansing, whether modern citizens can 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.

Blood and Belonging is a profound and searching look at one of the most complex issues of our time. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 30th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published More Details Original Title.

Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood and Belonging , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 07, Kristofer Ekholm rated it really liked it. Even more topical 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.

Arguments are eloquently made using the lived experiences of people whose lives have been affected by nationalism, from Croatia, Quebec, Kurdistan etc. Although Blood and Belonging is a work of journalism rather than an academic thesis, the discussion would have been strengthened had the theories a Even more topical 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.

Although Blood and Belonging is a work of journalism rather than an academic thesis, the discussion would have been strengthened had the theories and scholarly contributions sparsely mentioned been more properly referenced. Oct 29, Czarny Pies rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Any who wants to feel good about having voted conservative the last time. Shelves: canadian-literature. This book strengthened my resolve to continue voting for Stephen Harper. Ignatieff globe trots from one hot spot to another drawing superficial comparisons between each.

This is journalism at its most shallow. Very very good. Ignatief travels to several hotspots to try and understand nationalism. His writing is wonderful, nuanced, balanced. Dec 07, Jeffrey Manners rated it it was ok Shelves: overijse-library.

Knowing the author's reputation good reputation and that the TV documentary based on this book had won awards, I approached this book with high expectations. Sadly, this book was a great disappointment. I came away with the impression that this book consists of the poetic and philosophical musings of a journalist dilettante. To his credit Ignatieff does poses some good and profound questions about nationalism. Unfortunately, his attempts to answer his own questions consist of a jumble of musings.

His conclusions are rendered nonsense by his incorrect use of terminology. 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.

He writes more for the sound of these words, than for their meanings. What makes it all the more remarkable that he does not show any understanding on the correct meaning of such terms as "state" and "nation" is that he makes reference to the British historian Hugh Seton-Watson, the author of an excellent essay on the correct meaning of these very terms.

The book is also filled with several factual and spelling errors. Leipzig is not a city of 2,, as he states on page Its population is around , Karl May, the author of wild west adventure novels, does not spell his name Mai. There is a German footballer with that spelling. If a reader is looking to gain some clarity on what nationalism is, whether that be the old or new nationalism, I would strongly advise that reader to steer clear of this book.

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.

This book was published a long ways back, but I picked up a copy to see how prescient Michael Ignatief was. Many of his points were dated, but his central theme of Ethnic Nationalism being a dominant force compared to cosmopolitan modernity is a good one and has stood up to the passage of time.

I think especially so in the current environment in North America of "Identity Politics". His points in Ukraine are especially relevant, given how ethnic nationalism has torn that region apart since this This book was published a long ways back, but I picked up a copy to see how prescient Michael Ignatief was.

His points in Ukraine are especially relevant, given how ethnic nationalism has torn that region apart since this was written.

A very interesting read, though his voice was a bit too much the voice of entitled Liberalism. A bit too much the reporter passing by, and doing a shallow treatment of each section. That's an unfair criticism, given that a big draw of the book is it's brevity. I didn't want to read mountains of in-depth works, so this is a good flyby on the subject. We say tritely that this is so because hatred is a form of love turned against itself.

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.

This commentary is as pertinent now, in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, as ever. Being from Quebec, I found the section on Quebec separatism shrewdly perceptive at identifying contradictions. Strongly recommended. Added this to my favourites bookshelf May 01, TS Allen rated it really liked it. Modern Serbian nationalism dates back to an impeccably Byronic style of national uprising against the Turks. The misery of the Balkans stems in part from a pathetic longing to be good Europeans--that is, to import the "All of the delusions that have turned [Balkan] neighbors into enemies are imports of Western European origin.

The misery of the Balkans stems in part from a pathetic longing to be good Europeans--that is, to import the West's murderous ideological fashions. Jun 25, Janet Aird rated it it was amazing. I almost don't know what to say about this book. Its scope is universal and entirely personal at the same time.

As nations, as individuals, we react the same ways when we are threatened; we are connected in more ways than we can conceive. A very valuable book for understanding that "the other" is no different from ourselves.

Oct 18, Gillian Burles rated it it was amazing. I read this years ago but it has stayed with me and I still think about it. Some chapters are better than others but his conclusions will make you think and with the recent rise of nationalist extremists, this is worth your time.

Un extraordinario libro con el nacionalismo como fondo. Apr 13, Mackenzie Drysdale rated it really liked it. The rise of ethnic nationalism being predicted in is pretty prescient in retrospect. Jan 01, Matt rated it really liked it. Michael Ignatieff traveled to areas where nationalism rides high. He relates his thoughts about the nationalisms he encountered in his book Blood and Belonging.

The book was published in , and so the historical narrative is a little out of date, but it still serves as a collection of short case studies to describe what nationalism is, and how it can thrive.

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In Michael Ignatieff set out on a journey to the former Yugoslavia, the Ukraine, Germany, Quebec, Kurdistan and Northern Ireland in order to explore the many faces of modern nationalism at its worst. Modern nationalism is a language of blood: a call to arms that can end in the horror of ethnic cleansing. But it is also a language of belonging: a call to come home. He is an outstanding literary and cultural commentator, and also a powerful novelist, shortlisted for the Booker Prize in for Scar Tissue.

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This is an immensely impressive meditation on nationalism in the post-Cold War era. Ignatieff, a journalist and author of both fiction and nonfiction works, demonstrates a sublime understanding of the Michael Ignatieff, born in Toronto in But at the age of 11, Ignatieff was sent to Toronto to attend Upper Canada College as a boarder in At UCC, Ignatieff was elected a school prefect as Head of Wedd's House, was the captain of the varsity soccer team, and served as editor-in-chief of the school's yearbook. As well, Ignatieff volunteered for the Liberal Party during the federal election by canvassing the York South riding.

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