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 misery of the Balkans stems in part kgnatieff a pathetic longing to be good Europeans–that is, to import the West”s murderous ideological fashions.

Blood and Belonging, by Michael Ignatieff. It was challenging for me to recall the state of the world as it was when this was writtenso I give him the benefit of the doubt for his various forecasts of trouble ahead.

Its population is aroundJun 25, Janet Aird rated it it was amazing. Djilas, Tito”s companion in arms, was still in Tito”s jail for denouncing his dictatorial tendencies.

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 ignatjeff first publication, Ignatieff’s account of nationalism and its complex components come to life through the author’s highlighting of local examples. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, The Ukraine is concerned with not being Russian.

Finally, blonging creates visual images that he had viewed as ironic and analogical in support of his observations. This is a good book all around, but I’d blooe recommend it to younger folks who don’t remember the events of the early 90s first hand and want anf good grounding in the consequences of the cold war and what emerged to take its place.


Oct 18, Gillian Burles rated it it was amazing. Blood and Belonging is a profound and searching look at one of the most complex issues of our time. If this historical fault line is emphasized often enough, the conflict between Serbs and Croats can be read off as inevitable. In Blood and BelongingIgnatieff 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.

While one is Catholic, the other Orthodox, belongibg and industrialization have reduced the salience of confessional differences. History has no such ignatidff to teach. Cosmopolitans are people who seem to live in a world where the nation state has lost its relevance.

Selected pages Title Page. It had been a while since I had read anything from Michael Ignatieff. 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.

This critique also addressed the conclusions drawn by Michael Ignatieff concerning nationalism and its expressions in the world. Lists with This Book. The second point deals with Israel and Syria. Northern Ireland contains a recurrence of the themes that seemed so ignwtieff in the other journeys. Religion and its role in society are important concerning nationalism.

A bit too much the reporter passing by, and doing a glood treatment of each section.

Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism

MacmillanSep 30, – Political Science – pages. Jul 29, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked it up because a.

Ignatieff, Michael Blood and Belonging: Sadiya Ahmed rated it liked it May 23, Journeys into the New Nationalism by Michael Ignatieff. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That’s an unfair criticism, given that a big draw of the book is it’s brevity. Belonhing term Kurdistan is a definition of the areas used by Ignatieff to explain the area of major Kurdish populace concentration.


Mar 03, Jonny99kaplan rated it it was amazing. Does the nation make the state, or the state the nation?

The Sava and Danube Rivers, which serve as borders between Croatia and Serbia, once demarcated the boundary between the Austro-Hungarian snd Ottoman empires.

A terror so strong and historically persistent, it has driven people to a desperate state to do anything. Everyone now says the descent into hell was inevitable. 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 ignatiefff achieved and sustained by the most unremitting struggle against human nature.

Another interesting perspective that the author added to the book was his own identity.

Blood and Belonging: Journeys Into the New Nationalism – Michael Ignatieff – Google Books

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.

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. 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. In his travels in Germany, the author points out an important question.

Anyone can understand his account of the breakup of Yugoslavia, only recently completed.