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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Book review: Blood Rites by Barbara Ehrenreich

When the practice and passions of war were largely confined to a warrior elite, popular opposition to war usually took the form of opposition to that bloodd. Nonetheless, I wanted to read this book to get some insight about what influences humans to destroy one another the way they do and why we allow it to happen.

And at some point, they turned their predator skills against other tribes and demanded the fear and admiration that once exclusively belonging to animals. The essence of Ehrenreich’s conclusion is that humans are predisposed to be violent, particularly men. 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.

As barbbara killers, are men and women the same? Replication is a key to scientific research. Part anthropology, part sociology, part history, this is an original, eye-opening and highly persuasive account. Like the passions of war themselves, then, this book is an intoxicant: And, as in earlier times, these predators need to be fed regularly, through sacrifice, to stay happy.

It traces human’s the most primitive impulse, the bloodlust passion for war. MacmillanMay 15, – History – pages. What Ehrenreich gives us is an evolutionary account of war, eschewing the rationales offered for individual conflicts in favour of a naturalised genealogy of the phenomenon itself.


Detailed but never dreary, Ehrenreich has clearly chewed bloof a lot of turgid scholarship to save us the bother. She studied physics at Reed College, and earned a Ph. Everyone is forced into war.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you are interested in a provocative discussion about war, read this book. If you value reason blod out how to join us today. The author is trying to create an atmosphere or a feeling for readers to feel the answer to those questions themselves.

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

No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. Jun 19, Reid rated it it was ok. According to the book, my obsession with war is part of long-running tradition that equates “becoming-a-man” with the indoctrination into the ways of war.

To look at war, carefully and long enough, is to see the face of the predator over which we thought we had triumphed long ago.

And then she reports on many of the ancient mythologies, divisions of labor along gender lines, and entire masculinity of power that influences and sustains war. She knows that ”Blood Rites” is an extended essay, not an academic treatise, and that she surveys rather than exhausts an enormous range of scholarship. Are we talking about battling research assistants?


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You eventually see what she is getting act but when she goes back and forth, say ehrrenreich the Inquisition to the Aztecs to Aborginies in each paragraph it tends to be cumbersome. Overturning the truism that war is an extension of our predatory instincts, Ehrenreich argues that it is our earlier and much longer existence as prey that shaped the institution. Later, after we became predators, the ries and admiration was shifted to the small-band male hunters.

The information in Blood Rites could be checked and expanded but it is hard to see how her conclusions could be confirmed.

I do not know if Ms. Oct 08, Stabitha ehrfnreich it it was amazing. It brings together recent texts such as ‘A History of Toture’ and ‘Male Fantasies’ with a concise passion ehrenrrich the subject matter. For anyone interested in warfare, religion, individual and group human psychology, or the history of the shifting roles and status of gender and social class, this is a must-read.

Part of the problem here may be that she has only one basic premise, and has att It is a major feat to ritss war boring. In the afterword, added this year to this book, Ehrenreich suggests that, with war becoming more and more a ‘game’ played by robots, it might be that, in the not too distant future, with ‘war’ no longer requiring humans to ‘survive’, perhaps humans will no longer need war.