Bloodlines: From Ethnic Pride to Ethnic Terrorism / Edition 1

Bloodlines: From Ethnic Pride to Ethnic Terrorism / Edition 1

by Vamik Volkan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813390389

ISBN-13: 9780813390383

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Basic Books

In the wake of recent conflicts in Russia and the former Yugoslavia, ethnic terrorism and ethnic cleansing have become household words. Yet we are at a loss to find solutions to such struggles. In Bloodlines, Vamik Volkan, a world-renowned psychiatrist specializing in international relations, explores ethnic violence by examining history and diplomacy

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Overview

In the wake of recent conflicts in Russia and the former Yugoslavia, ethnic terrorism and ethnic cleansing have become household words. Yet we are at a loss to find solutions to such struggles. In Bloodlines, Vamik Volkan, a world-renowned psychiatrist specializing in international relations, explores ethnic violence by examining history and diplomacy through a psycho-analytic lens.Dr. Volkan leads the reader on investigative tours of battlegrounds in the Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, the Baltics, and the Balkans. In Serbia, he discovers that the Battle of Kosovo, fought in 1389, is the rallying cry for modern nationalists, who view the past as prophecy. In Turkey, PKK terrorist leader Apo reveals that he still considers himself an unloved child and orders his army of Kurdish women to remain virgins because of his own disgust with “unclean” adult behavior. In Latvia, after the dissolution of the USSR, Dr. Volkan learns that ethnic Latvians plan to disinter corpses and segregate cemeteries in an attempt to establish a national identity separate from that of Russia. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, Dr. Volkan analyzes these issues of identity formation, perceived versus real threats, the persistence of past traumas, and the desire for revenge.The result is a work that lays the foundation for understanding the differences between ethnic groups as well as the common ground they share. Timely, brilliant, and gripping, Bloodlines gives fascinating insights into how personal identity intertwines with nationality, and why hatred of others becomes a part of our sense of self.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813390383
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface: Deadly Distinctions: The Rise of Ethnic Violence3
1Ethnic Tents: Descriptions of Large-Group Identities19
2Anwar el-Sadat Goes to Jerusalem: The Psychology of International Conflicts Observed at Close Range30
3Chosen Trauma: Unresolved Mourning36
4Ancient Fuel for a Modern Inferno: Time Collapse in Bosnia-Herzegovina50
5We-ness: Identifications and Shared Reservoirs81
6Enemy Images: Minor Differences and Dehumanization101
7Two Rocks in the Aegean Sea: Turks and Greeks in Conflict116
8Unwanted Corpses in Latvia: An Attempt at Purification137
9A Palestinian Orphanage: Rallying Around a Leader146
10Ethnic Terrorism and Terrorists: Belonging by Violence156
11From Victim to Victimizer: The Leader of the PKK (Kurdish Workers' Party)168
12Totem and Taboo in Romania: The Internalization of a "Dead" Leader and Restabilization of an Ethnic Tent181
13Experiment in Estonia: "Unofficial Diplomacy" at Work202
Afterword: Psychoanalysis and Diplomacy225
Acknowledgments229
Endnotes231
Bibliography261
Index271

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