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Tled 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 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 was

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good with a number 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 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 examples Arguments are elouently made using the lived experiences of people whose lives have been affected by nationalism from Croatia uebec Kurdistan etc Although Blood and Belonging is a work of journalism Rather Than An Academic Thesis than an academic thesis discussion would have been strengthened had the theories and scholarly contributions sparsely mentioned been properly referenced Very very good Ignatief been strengthened had the theories and scholarly contributions sparsely mentioned been properly referenced Very very good Ignatief to several hotspots to try and understand nationalism His writing is wonderful nuanced balanced All of the delusions that have turned Balkan neighbors into enemies 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 evi derived the idea of an ethnically 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 I read this ears ago but it has stayed with me and I still think about it Some chapters are better than others but his conclusions will make Gunnin' For Love you think and with the recent rise of nationalist extremists this is worthour tim. Thnic 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 tim. Ed on this book had won awards I approached this book with high expectations Sadly this book was a great disappointmentI came away with the impression that this book consists of the poetic and philosophical 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 makes reference to the British historian Hugh Seton Watson author of an excellent essay on the correct meaning of these very same termsThe book is also filled with several factual and spelling 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 spell his name Mai There is a German footballer with that spelling If a reader is looking to 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 ou 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 was written A very interesting read though his voice was a bit too much the voice of enti. Lism 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 uebec Germany and the former Soviet republics may be the definitive factor in international relation today He asks how

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This book strengthened my resolve to continue voting for Stephen Harper Mr Ignatieff globe trots from one hot spot to another drawing superficial comparisons between each This is journalism at its most shallow Since Cain and Abel we have known that hatred between brothers is ferocious most shallow Since Cain and Abel we have known that hatred between brothers is ferocious hatred between strangers we say tritely that this is so We say tritely that this is so 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 exclusionary nature and the centrality of the rule of law and other institutions of progress are desirable though lack an emotional appeal But ethnic patriotism where identity is everything despite its anthropological bankruptcy and the emotional 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 ethnic nationalist past However even then liberal politicians found themselves forced to renounce the post nationalist utopia given the asylum seekers needs coming into conflict with the post nation s wait for it national interests This commentary is as pertinent now in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis as everBeing from uebec I found the section on uebec separatism shrewdly perceptive at identifying contradictions For example he points out the irony of the u b cois claim to self determination given their 1990s unwillingness to ceed the same rights of self determination to the Cree nation within uebec Worse the James bay hydro energy that powers uebec and makes separation economically viable directly undermines Cree s life and land in their reserveStrongly recommended Added this to my favourites bookshelf I almost don t know what to say about this book
Its Scope Is Universal And 
scope is universal and personal at the same time As nations as individuals we react the same ways when we 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 Knowing the author s good reputation and that the TV documentary bas. 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 nationa. .
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