Blood Rites

Blood Rites

Origins and History of the Passions of War

Book - 1997
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The author of Fear of Falling traces the evolution of human warfare from an elite religion of a privileged caste reenacting the experience of predation to a rite of mass worship that we know today as nationalism. 30,000 first printing. Tour.

McMillan Palgrave
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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 of sacred undertaking? 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." Sifting through the fragile records of prehistory, Ehrenreich discovers the wellspring of war in an unexpected place--not in a "killer instinct" unique to the males of our species but in the blood rites early humans performed to reenact their terrifying experience of predation by stronger carnivores. 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.


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An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Notable Book

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 of sacred undertaking? 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." Sifting through the fragile records of prehistory, Ehrenreich discovers the wellspring of war in an unexpected place--not in a "killer instinct" unique to the males of our species but in the blood rites early humans performed to reenact their terrifying experience of predation by stronger carnivores. 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.


Baker
& Taylor

Traces the evolution of war from ancient symbolic sacrifices to contemporary total war

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805050776
0805050779
Characteristics: x, 292 p. ; 24 cm

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Jul 29, 2015

A thorough but not over-written, analysis of organized legitimate (or rather legitimated) violence among humans. Well written, and well-paced. Takes several tacks to comprehend the topic.

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