Blood and Belonging: Journeys Into the New Nationalism

Front Cover
Macmillan, Sep 30, 1995 - Political Science - 263 pages
2 Reviews

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 nationalism 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, Quebec, Germany, and the former Soviet republics--may be the definitive factor in international relation today. He asks how ethnic 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 time.


What people are saying - Write a review

Blood and belonging: journeys into the new nationalism

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This is an immensely impressive meditation on nationalism in the post-Cold War era. Ignatieff, a journalist and author of both fiction and nonfiction works, demonstrates a sublime understanding of the ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Mr. Ignatieff is a great story writer and he knows the difficult subject he is writing about. I am from Ukraine and before reading this book heard citations only making me upset about Mr. Ignatieff's straight shooting words. "Nasty antisemits" not easy words to hear about your nationality.... But the book turned the image around. He is talking about his beliefs and his own stereotyping. He is taking from complicated situation essentials only, making it just a little bit sketchy for readability and, yes, shooting straight to the matter. He is clear in his vision and interests: he is for the political nationalism and against ethnic one. He likes those "creating your own way of life" and against hatred. It is easy to read and to understand even for not English native speakers like me. And he knows the matter, at least his visit in Ukraine of 1991 is very realistic. 


Northern Ireland
Further Reading

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1995)

Michael Ignatieff is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other publications, and the author of many acclaimed books, including Isaiah Berlin, The Warrior's Honor, The Russian Album, and The Needs of Strangers. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic information