In Blood and Belonging, Ignatieff makes a thorough examination of why blood ties–inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, Quebec. Ignatieff, well-known in British TV as the smooth host of cerebral talk shows and political documentaries, takes on what he calls the rising tide of. 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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He examines the unique expression of nationalism that each populace displays by interviewing various members of that particular society. Case studies in the chaotic resurrection of ethnic nationalism in the post-cold-war world. Without hatred of the other, be,onging would be no clearly defined national self to worship and adore.

The method used by the author of the book was personal interviews with both prominent people and the normal everyday person in the areas visited. The introductory chapter was largely expository, but the following chapters on individual regions incl. Apr 13, Mackenzie Drysdale rated it really liked it. The two countries have been at odds with each other since when Israel was recognized as a state. 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.

Modern Serbian nationalism dates back to an impeccably Byronic style of national uprising against the Turks. Religion and its role in society are important concerning nationalism.


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. Another interesting perspective that the author added to the book was his own identity. Political ideologies can become blinding to its possessors. In Ireland ethnicity, religion and politics are all bound into one expression or identity.


Daniel Otto rated it really liked it Aug 04, Unfortunately, his attempts to answer his own questions consist of a jumble of musings. Mar 03, Jonny99kaplan rated it it was amazing. Jan 01, Matt rated it really liked it. In retrospect, I see that was there at the most hopeful moment.

His points in Ukraine are especially relevant, given how ethnic nationalism has torn that region apart since this was written. I remember an evening listening from the bottom of our dining room as the then foreign minister, Koa Popovi, suavely smoked cigarettes in an ivory holder and told how his partisan unit had “liquidated the Chetniks,” the Serbs who had fought on Hitler”s side at the end of the war.

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

Best book about politics that I have read in years. Dunn rated it really liked it Shelves: He still used belonting few too many -isms for my taste, though.

The situations in the book are not isolated events. The rise of ethnic nationalism being predicted in is pretty prescient in retrospect. Much of brlonging 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.

Freud once argued that the smaller the real difference between two peoples, the larger it was bound to loom in their imagination. Cosmopolitans are people who seem to live in a world where the nation state has lost its relevance.


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. Tito was still michae for having kept the country out of Stalin”s empire; there were the first signs of the economic boom of the s; soon to come was the liberalization of travel, which allowed millions of Yugoslavs to michzel abroad and for a time made Yugoslavia the freest of all the Eastern European Communist countries.

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. Oct 18, Gillian Burles rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Blood and Belonging: Journeys Into the New Nationalism

Even more topical now bllod than at the time of its michxel publication, Ignatieff’s account of nationalism and its complex components come to life through the author’s highlighting of local examples.

The questions of why people need to retain a cultural identity and the way they go about preserving it is still unanswerable. Other people besides Canadians should be concerned if Canada dies.

Its corollary must be that enemies need each other to remind themselves of who they really are.