Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism

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Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism

By Michael Ignatieff
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994
208 pp. $21.00
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Ignatieff, a journalist, has compiled a fine, perspicacious account of his political journeys into six politically or militarily embattled regions: the former Yugoslavia, the new Germany, the newly independent Ukraine, French Quebec, Kurdistan's Republic of Fear and Northern Ireland. Nobody is more qualified to write such a book than this cosmopolitan sociologist and novelist, whose father was Russian and who has lived in Canada, the United States, Britain and France. It is a marvelous work that shows the diversity, complexity, agonies and horrors of nationalism with greater depth and insight than most, if not all, academic treatises and does so in elegant, passionate and memorable prose.

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