Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

by Barbara Ehrenreich
     
 

An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Notable Book

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 of sacred undertaking? Blood Rites takes us on an original journey from the elaborate human sacrifices of the ancient world to the carnage and

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An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Notable Book

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 of sacred undertaking? Blood Rites takes us on an original journey from the elaborate human sacrifices of the ancient world to the carnage and holocaust of twentieth-century "total war." Sifting through the fragile records of prehistory, Ehrenreich discovers the wellspring of war in an unexpected place--not in a "killer instinct" unique to the males of our species but in the blood rites early humans performed to reenact their terrifying experience of predation by stronger carnivores. Brilliant in conception, rich in scope, Blood Rites is a monumental work that will transform our understanding of the greatest single threat to human life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805057874
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/15/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Foreword1
Part I: Predation
1. The Ecstasy of War7
2. Sacred Meat23
3. The True Mark of the Beast36
4. The First Blood Sacrifice58
5. The Rebellion Against the Beast77
6. When the Predator Had a Woman's Face97
Part II: War
7. "A Rough Male Sport"117
8. Fearful Symmetries132
9. The Warrior Elite144
10. The Sacralization of War159
11. Guns and the Democratization of Glory175
12. An Imagined Bestiary194
13. Three Cases of War Worship204
14. The Further Evolution of War in the Twentieth Century225
Notes243
Bibliography267
Index281

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