In Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery of the human attraction to violence: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind. Book review: Blood Rites by Barbara Ehrenreich. Jenny Bunker finds a re-issued book on the passions of war more pertinent than ever. Origins and History of the Passions of War by Barbara Ehrenreich. Reviews • Buy the Book. In Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the.
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Our religious rituals began as a reenactme This is a fascinating and tremendously ambitious exploration of the origins of war. This, because, artificial groupings that nations are, their leaders had to typically reach back in time to a mythical period in order to create a sense of shared destiny.
Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War by Barbara Ehrenreich
Related to this, the fight or flight attitude of man in the face of danger is known to trigger a sense of alarm, heightened awareness, and a sense of solidarity, perhaps a result of, in prehistoric times, standing a chance of driving predators away by banding together, making a group of individuals appear and act as a single entity.
Perhaps I am spoiled, and want all my reading to be entertaining as well as informative eg, Omnivore’s Dilemma or Maps and Legends. An iconoclastic study in which social commentator and Time essayist Ehrenreich challenges accepted notions of why human beings wage war.
Ehrenreich tries to fill in a picture of the psychology of war. Account Options Sign in. I like how Ms. But it is striking that down through the ages, masses, sacrifices, libations and other religious acts have been performed before a battle has started. Is the idea of ‘the sacred’ available to atheists? Ehrenreich then points out that the vast majority of religions are centered around some form of sacrifice, animal or human, and implies that this basis for religions and war is not unlikely grounded in the hunting our forefathers did.
The essence of Ehrenreich’s conclusion is that humans are predisposed to be violent, particularly men. So for the most part, Blood Rites is pretty good book. She then traces the entwined development of hunting, religion, war, and gender roles from that stage through the end of the 20th century.
Now that I think about it, there is a religious quality about war, that is unexpected.
Books by Barbara Ehrenreich. One of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read.
You eventually see what she is getting act but when she goes back and forth, say from the Inquisition to ehrenrekch Aztecs to Aborginies in each paragraph it tends to be cumbersome.
Part anthropology, part sociology, part history, this is an original, eye-opening and highly persuasive account. A magnificent book full of research and enlightenment. Don’t overlook this one. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Also, I like how she makes an analysis of how human sacrifice has evolved from deliberate killing of enemy captives to allowing our young people to become “sacrificed” by dying “for their country” in modern wa This is a well done history of war, and how it has affected civilization and people since the beginning of time.
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One of those books you’ll keep thinking about long after it is read. These rituals have the same origin, whether they involve animal sacrifice or a symbolic sacrifice like that of Jesus Christ.
It may offend our pride to acknowledge that our fore-runners served as meat for other creatures, but that victim status has haunted our rituals ever since, from blood sacrifices to initiation rites and, ultimately, to war.
Especially appreciated the chapter “Guns and the Democratization of Glory” proposing nationalism as the new world religion with later case studies on Nazism, State Shintoism, and American Patriotism.
BLOOD RITES by Barbara Ehrenreich | Kirkus Reviews
Ehrenreich cites example after example, idea after idea, and comes out with observations that link insightfully with each other throughout, whether within an individual chapter or across the Predation and War sections of the book. This was a very interesting book. I read this in amidst a whirlwind of other challenging historical books, and I’d like to read it again.
Want to Read saving…. Man, this book was awesome. Return to Book Page. It’s too bad Ehrenreich is on the bloo circuit for her other books, and not this one.
ehrejreich What is war that it exerts such cruel demands on us? Paperbackpages. Civilians increasingly become victims of wars in the twentieth century.
When massive beasts went extinct, solitary or small hunting Suggests an origin for the fervor humanity has for war and how its manifestation has morphed throughout our history. Is war built into our genes? Part of the problem here may be that she has only one basic premise, and has attempted to flesh out this single idea to book length. Though, when operating in groups, women were partaking in the hunt, now, women were the ones staying at home, losing their status of fighters.
If anything, humanity and its civilisations look to be tools used by war rather than the converse.
You will s Blood Rites: The idea that a woman Ehfenreich president would make war less likely certainly needs re-examination and seems less credible than it once did. And, consequently, as there is no defense against bands of warriors but to breed warriors yourself, war has had no alternative but to become a major ingredient of society.
Interesting take on war and religion and gender and stuff.