Why the Nations Rage: Killing in the Name of God

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Political Science - 185 pages
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Mass murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, hatred, rage: all these have taken on new meaning for Americans after the horrors of September 11, 2001. But that infamous day was not one on which the world changed. Rather, it was the day the United States joined the rest of the world in a struggle far older than most Americans realize. Suddenly, remote spots like Bosnia or Kosovo have become much easier to understand, places that have faced death and destruction for centuries. This thoughtful book explores much of the background to the strife the globe faces today. In particular, Christopher Catherwood shows how religion and national pride, which are supposed to be positive forces, can become perverted ideologies that arouse hatred, slaughter, and war. Religion often has been ignored as a vital component in understanding the awakened forces of nationalism. Catherwood not only helps to correct that imbalance but empowers us to comprehend our troubled world. If we understand our history and experiences, and the ways in which they can be manipulated for evil ends, then we are much better placed to solve the problems that grow from them in the present.
 

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This is a very readable, brief examination of how faith and nationalism shape each other in ways that can promote violence. Insightful book. Read full review

Contents

A Question of Identity
1
The New World Disorder
17
Imaginary Kingdoms
41
The Field of Blackbirds The Kosovo Myth and The Mountain Wreath
53
Clashing Civilizations A Paradigm Come True?
69
The Paradise of Belonging
91
Blasphemers of Our Countrys Inherited Faith
101
The Byzantine Inheritance
111
The Ottoman Inheritance
131
September 11 Islam Christianity and Tolerance
141
Some Reflections on September 11 2001
163
Bibliography
169
Index
181
About the Author
185
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Christopher Catherwood is a historian, lecturer, and writer based in Cambridge, England. He wrote this book while a visiting scholar at Cambridge University's Centre of International Studies and a Rockefeller Resident Fellow at the Institute on Violence, Culture, and Survival, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the University of Virginia.

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