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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This is a fascinating and tremendously ambitious exploration of the origins of war. Want to Read saving…. Open Preview See a Problem?

The ideas are thought provoking and while I think her argument may have a couple small leaks, for the most part it held water. The first part of the book considers our prehistory. Preview — Blood Rites by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Mass wars of the modern era needed a much larger pool from which to draw their conscripts; the rihes state was born. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. A lot of interesting history and a well-weaved theory. Another change, perhaps around the same time and possibly for the same reasons as man becoming primarily predator, was the move away from man’s depiction and perception bood woman as the primary fury.

May 17, Shannon rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In some ways I am a lazy reader, I usually like information presented clearly and with some assurance. According to the book, my Blood Rites rekindled my long held interest in almost non-existent theories of war. Barbsra thoughtful examination of how our evolutionary history may inform our ideas about “sacrifice” in war.


A self-replicating pattern of behavi It’s a book telling us “passions of war”.

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This, to me, suggests some academic rigor. Especially appreciated the chapter “Guns and the Democratization of Glory” proposing nationalism as the new world religion ehrenreivh later case studies on Nazism, State Shintoism, and American Patriotism.

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Mar 20, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. These rituals have the same origin, whether they involve animal sacrifice or a symbolic sacrifice like that of Jesus Christ. Ehrenreich then bloov 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 Excellent investigation into the underlying reasons for war.


I did not find this book to be much of either. It is first, in an economic sense, a parasite on human cultures—draining them off the funds and resources, talent and personnel, that could be used to advance the cause of human life and culture.

Brilliant in conception, rich bsrbara scope, Blood Rites is a monumental work that will transform our understanding of the greatest single threat to human life. I love this book because barabra researches human prehistory to understand the roots of war.

Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War – Barbara Ehrenreich – Google Books

Violence and Collective Responsibility Sandra L. And at some point, they turned their predator skills against other tribes and demanded the fear and admiration that once exclusively belonging to animals.

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In part it reads: This military elite, in one form or another from its advent to present day, has propagated class stratification; the further technology advances, more underlings are required to produce weapons and relatively recently, wield them under direction from their superiors and produce all other necessities and luxuries.

However, I do wish she had spent at least a chapter on the anti-war movement and its influences, because modern war has definitely been challenged by a different mentality that sees war as inherently wrong and unjustified. Very thought provoking and insightful. She does admit to having no real working idea on how to stop war. Account Options Sign in.

I read this for work — seeing if it ehrendeich be useful for the introduction to peace and justice studies course I teach — but I still enjoyed it. The idea that a woman POTUS president would make war less likely certainly needs re-examination and seems less credible than it once did.

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. Suggests an origin for the fervor humanity has for war and how its manifestation has morphed throughout our history. May 07, Kenzie rated it it was amazing.

Trivia About Blood Rites: This common experience has shaped all human societies since.