Blood and Belonging Journeys into the New Nationalism (PDF)

Blood and Belonging Journeys into the New NationalismAck an motional appeal But thnic patriotism where identity is verything despite its anthropological bankruptcy and the motional appeal is abundant have the power to usher in a Hobbesian world that is indeed nasty brutish and short The portion on Germany is particularly interesting as it gives an interesting insight into its desire to be post nationalist to make up for its thnic nationalist past However ven then liberal politicians found themselves forced to renounce the post nationalist utopia given the asy 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 being a dominant force to cosmopolitan modernity is a good one and has stood up to the passage of time I think specially so in the current nvironment in North America of Identity Politics His points in Ukraine are specially relevant given how thnic 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 ntitled Liberalism A bit too much the reporter passing by and doing a shallow treatment of ach 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 Very very good Ignatief travels to several hotspots to try and understand nationalism His writing is wonderful nuanced balanced This book strengthened my resolve to continue voting for Stephen Harper Mr Ignatieff globe trots from "One Hot Spot To Another "hot spot to another superficial comparisons between ach This is journalism at its most shallow Knowing the author s good reputation and that the TV documentary based on this book had won awards I approached this book with high A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, expectations Sadly this book was a great disappointmentI came away with the impression that this book consists of the poetic and philosop. Lism has swept the world stage In Blood and Belonging Ignatieff makes a thoroughxamination of why blood ties inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia Kurdistan Northern Ireland uebec Germany and the former Soviet republics may be the definitive factor in international relation today He asks how 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 me and I still think about it Some chapters are better than others but his conclusions will make think and with the recent rise of nationalist xtremists this is worth your time I almost don t know what to say about this book Its scope is universal and ntirely personal at the same time As nations as individuals we react the same ways when universal and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies entirely personal at the same time As nations as individuals we react the same ways when are threatened we are connected in ways than we can conceive A very valuable book for understanding that the other is no different from ourselves An idealist who had to reconcile with brutal reality I saw him speak at University of Waterloo I was impressed He clearly had started with well intentioned but naive humanitarian solutions Having watched them fail his idealism took on a worldy savvy and bit sad bent I was impressed His book wasually good with a number of observations I am willing to describe as being profound for an undergrad in international political science Eually topical today Just look at Libya at Afghanistan at Ira All of the delusions that have turned Balkan neighbors into nemies are imports of Western European origin Modern Serbian nationalism dates back to an impeccably Byronic style of national uprising against the Turks Likewise the nineteenth century Croatian nationalist ideologue Ante Star vi derived the idea of an thnically pure Croatian state indirectly from the German Romantics 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 Since Cain and Abel we have known that hatred "Europeans that is to import the West s murderous ideological fashions Since Cain and Abel we have known that hatred brothers is ferocious than hatred between strangers We say tritely that this is so because hatred is a form of love turned against itself Ignatieff s central thesis is that patriotism isn t for fools Pride in civic nationalism given its non xclusionary nature and the centrality of the rule of law and other institutions of progress are desirable though Until the nd of the Cold War the politics of national identity was confined to isolated incidents of thnics 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 nationa. .

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Hical musings of a journalist dilettante To his credit Ignatieff does pose some good and profound uestions about nationalism Unfortunately his attempts to answer his own uestions consist of a jumble of musings His conclusions are rendered as nonsense by his incorrect use of terminologyHis biggest and most critical failure is that he does not bother to define the key terms under discussion nation state people nationalism nation state patriotismHe uses all these terms throughout the book and is inconsistent in their use He writes for the sound of these words than for their meanings His incorrect use of the terms state and nation is all the remarkable in that Ignatieff makes reference to the British historian Hugh Seton Watson the author of an xcellent ssay on the correct meaning of these very same termsThe book is also filled with several factual and spelling The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right errors Leipzig is not a city of 2000000 as he states on page 44 Its population is around 600000 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 factualrror then this the book for you Even topical now in 2018 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 Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling examples Arguments arelouently made using The Lived Of lived Monsieur Pain experiences of whose have been affected by nationalism from Croatia uebec Kurdistantc 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 properly reference. Thnic pride turned into thnic 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 tim.