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Mass murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, hatred, rage: all these have taken on new meaning for Americans after the horrors of September 11, 2001. But that infamous day was not one on which the world changed. Rather, it was the day the United States joined the rest of the world in a struggle far older than most Americans realize. Suddenly, remote spots like Bosnia or Kosovo have become much easier to understand, places that have faced death and destruction for centuries.
This thoughtful book explores much of the background to the strife the globe faces today. In particular, Christopher Catherwood shows how religion and national pride, which are supposed to be positive forces, can become perverted ideologies that arouse hatred, slaughter, and war.
Religion often has been ignored as a vital component in understanding the awakened forces of nationalism. Catherwood not only helps to correct that imbalance but empowers us to comprehend our troubled world. If we understand our history and experiences, and the ways in which they can be manipulated for evil ends, then we are much better placed to solve the problems that grow from them in the present.
Chapter 1: A Question of Identity
Chapter 2: The New World Disorder
Chapter 3: Imaginary Kingdoms
Chapter 4: The Field of Blackbirds: The Kosovo Myth and The Mountain Wreath
Chapter 5: Clashing Civilizations: A Paradigm Come True?
Chapter 6: The Paradise of Belonging
Chapter 7: "Blasphemers of Our Country's Inherited Faith"
Chapter 8: The Byzantine Inheritance
Chapter 9: The Ottoman Inheritance
Chapter 10: September 11, Islam, Christianity, and Tolerance
Chapter 11: Some Reflections on September 11, 2001
Posted July 27, 2002
Identity - whether nationalist, religious, cultural and political - at times builds, but also divides and destroys. Catherwood helps us navigate the sea of meaning that make up identity politics. Even those who disagree with Catherwood's answers will appreciate the way he asks the questions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.