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The book was published inand so the historical narrative is a little out of date, but it still serves as a collection of short case studies to describe what nationalism is, and how it can thrive.

Ignatieff uses the example of Quebec to illustrate the relationship between nationalism and federalism.

But Islamist are coming as colonizers. 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. A Glood, thus, is someone who is not a Serb. This book was published a long ways back, but I picked up a copy to see how prescient Michael Ignatief was. Now, with the michal of Communist regimes across Europe and the loosening pf the Cold War’d clamp on East-West relations, a surge of nationalism This question by far does not stop here, especially when Germany is the subject.

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Since then I’ve re-read recently and his writing style is still great. 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.

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 commentary is as pertinent now, in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, as ever.


We traveled everywhere in the Yugoslavia of the late s–through Bosnian hill villages, where children swarmed up to the car, barefoot and in rags; to the great mosque of Sarajevo, where I removed my shoes and knelt and watched old men pressing their foreheads on the carpets and whispering their prayers; to the Dalmatian islands and beaches, then unvisited by Western tourists; to Lake Bled in Slovenia.


Tito himself was the hidden god of the whole system. Jan 07, Kristofer Ekholm rated it really liked it. Nationalism exists in every state all over the world.

If you’re interested, you could probably just watch his BBC series upon which belongijg book was based. Oct 29, Czarny Pies rated it did not like it Recommends it for: A very valuable book for understanding that “the other” is no different from ourselves. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Obviously, belongig was more imaginative and sinister than that. Other people besides Canadians should be concerned if Canada dies.

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.

Being from Quebec, I found the belobging on Quebec separatism shrewdly perceptive at identifying contradictions. Books by Michael Ignatieff.

I had never heard the word “liquidated” used like that before. If the state makes the nation, then the aggressive nature of the German nation, which lead the world lgnatieff two global wars, can be harnessed and redirected. The Balkans, Quebec, reunified Germany, etc. Wherever you walked, there were men in plain clothes, strolling about orwhispering into walkie-talkies. Other editions – View all Blood and Belonging: Was that the only time I saw the cracks that were to become fissures?

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

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. Another interesting and important facet of the general shape of things that I know little of, and could stand to learn about.

With its susceptibility to race hatred, the second appears to be exploding in a world no longer stabilized by an imperial order that once held local nationalists in check. He examines the unique expression of nationalism that each populace displays by interviewing various members of that particular society.


They both speak the same language, give or take a few hundred words, and have shared the same village way of life for centuries. This book ignited my academic interest in the question of nationalism, while at university. The first kind, ethnic nationalism, is based on the idea that the strongest bond within a people will always be the one of the blood.

Cosmopolitanism Another notion that Ignatieff introduces as parallel to nationalism, is the one of cosmopolitanism. Ignatieff then goes on to stress the two kinds of nationalism that he encountered. Ignatieff addresses the violence factor that surrounds nationalism like a plague, concluding that, nationalist rhetoric is an excuse to commit acts of violence. He uses all these terms throughout the book and is inconsistent in their use.

This is an immensely impressive meditation on nationalism in the post-Cold War era. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Modern Serbian nationalism dates back to an impeccably Byronic style of national uprising against the Turks.

The dining room looked over the lake, and when the window was open you could feel the mountain air sweeping across the water, across the white linen tablecloth and then across your face.

Ignatieff reflects about his homeland of Canada: Its corollary must be that enemies need each other to remind themselves of who they really are. However, both countries have evolved since their beginnings and have strong nationalistic tendencies. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

The Islamic uprisings in France and the peace talks in southwest Asia between Israel and Syria are two different perspectives to the argument.