Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

by Barbara Ehrenreich
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1847083536

ISBN-13: 9781847083531

Pub. Date: 04/28/2011

Publisher: Granta Books (UK)

Brilliant in conception, rich in scope, this splendid book 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? "A fascinating perspective on our staunch devotion to mass, mutual slaughter".--Newsweek

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Brilliant in conception, rich in scope, this splendid book 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? "A fascinating perspective on our staunch devotion to mass, mutual slaughter".--Newsweek

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ISBN-13:
9781847083531
Publisher:
Granta Books (UK)
Publication date:
04/28/2011

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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