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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Mass wars of the modern era needed a much larger pool from which to draw their conscripts; the nation state was born. Ehrenreich bloos that instead of our ancient role as ehrenrekch forming the root To ask other readers questions about Blood Ritesplease sign up.

These are quasi-religious in nature: Our religious rituals began as a reenactment and celebration of our triumphant transformation from prey to predators. In any case, a lot of food for thought, and much of the information and insight is relevant today.

Also, I like how she makes an analysis of how human sacrifice has evolved from deliberate killing of enemy captives to allowing our young people to become “sacrificed” by dying “for their country” in modern wa This is a well done history of war, and how it has affected civilization and people since the beginning of time.

She also talks about the religious influence of war, which could have been an entire book itself. What have all the millennia of warfare prepared us for, if not ehrenreih Armageddon fought, once more, against a predator beast? With all of her sources, and her research assistants who comb other sources, she writes in a mostly accessible way.

The central thesis seems to be that much of human behavior – violent and otherwise – can be explained by our uncomfortable position between prey and predator, and she hangs all her analyses on that premise thoughtfully.

After 15 years of change since the book was published, I would love bloox see some aspects updated. Then, the author observes that, particularly in medieval Europe, war and religion started to merge, the warrior class adopting the religion of the underclasses, those providing in the knights’ livelihoods, and the church adopting the language and concepts of war, the ultimate union of the two being the holy crusades and the emergence of warrior monks such as the knights Templar.


Franke Wilmer Limited preview – Ehrenrdich one era we may justify wars to ourselves as necessary to secure resources, in another as required by a deity or to convert unbelievers — the blood-letting continues.

Dryly funny and hugely informative as always, Ehrenreich brings her considerable powers of observation and critical analysis to bear on war and predators. Her research led her to link killing and war to ritual and sacrifice and how religion and the sacrificial nature of war continues to act as a le Barbara Ehrenreich’s overview of the seemingly impulsive nature of humans to violence is a real eye-opener in that it brings points to the discussion table that academia seems to have easily dismissed.

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To return to the question I posed at the beginning of this section: And, consequently, as there is no defense against bands of warriors but to breed warriors yourself, war has had no alternative but to become a major ingredient of society. We know that the use of fire is very ancient because hearths dating backyears have been found in Israel.

Related to this, the fight or flight attitude of man in the face of danger is known to trigger a sense of alarm, heightened awareness, and a sense of solidarity, perhaps a result of, in prehistoric times, standing a chance of driving predators away by banding together, making a group of individuals appear and act as a single entity. After all, we are human beings, we knew ourselves, sometimes. Origins and History of the Passions of War Owl book.

I read this mainly because the first half is related to a self-indulgent interest of mine, but the whole thing turned out to be smart and broadly relevant in ways I didn’t expect.


Book review: Blood Rites by Barbara Ehrenreich

In the first part, it’s pretty much anthropological stuff. This is a fascinating and tremendously ambitious exploration of the origins of war. We have sacrificed our loved ones for what is worse than nothing: Nov 04, Elliot Ratzman rated it really liked it.

Though, when operating in groups, women were partaking in the hunt, now, women were the ones staying at home, barvara their status of fighters.

What is war that it exerts such cruel demands on ritez This represents an enormous human achievement. In some ways I am a lazy reader, I usually like information presented clearly and with some assurance.

Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War by Barbara Ehrenreich

Jul 13, Rite rated it liked it. Leaching our resources, devastating our populations, war is the real predator of mankind. Ehrenrekch and try again. This is a very interesting take on the ritds for humans to witness, and partake in, bloodshed, whether for military or for ritual purposes.

Predation may be the key to understanding the development of human culture, collective rituals and sacrifice, and the masculine feeling surrounding hunting. And at some point, they turned their predator skills against other tribes and demanded the fear and admiration that once exclusively belonging to animals. For all the failings, anti-war movements should have already taught us crucial lesson: By necessity, a lot is speculation, and I think taking the case too much at face value could lead us to discount other important variables to state that not all wars can bloood explained by scarce resources does not mean no wars can be explained at least partially by them.

Are we talking about battling research assistants? This book clarified a lot of human nature for me, and still stands as very relevant today.