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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The blood rites became sacred. 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.

This constant escalation of warfare changed the rules and eventually led to today’s “total war. To quote the author “This is a theory about the feelings people invest in war and often express as their motivations for fighting – where these feelings might have originated and how they have played out in history”.

The author then claims that a major transition occurred in prehistoric societies when humans were able to move away from just being prey to also being predator, and it is this transition which until modern times is still commemorated, or reenacted in social initiation rights that still exist.

May 16, Michelle Mead rated it liked it.

As a result, in many societies, it became war that made men and men that made war. To ask other readers questions about Blood Ritesplease sign up. Part anthropology, part sociology, part history, this is irtes original, eye-opening and highly persuasive account.

So for the most part, Blood Rites is pretty good book. This military elite, in one form or another from its advent to present day, has propagated class stratification; the further technology advances, more underlings are required to produce weapons and relatively recently, wield them under direction from their superiors ehrenrech produce all other necessities and luxuries.


Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

One which particularly struck me was that men are the fighters of our species not because of superior strength, but because they are essentially disposable. I love this book, but I think I need to read it again.

This book clarified a lot of human nature for me, and still stands as very relevant today. 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 legitimaizing agent pitting the proverbial “us” against “them”.

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.

Mass wars of the modern era needed a much larger pool from which bbarbara draw their conscripts; the nation state was born. Trivia About Blood Rites: A lot of interesting history and a well-weaved theory.

This is a thoughtful, skeptical, probing, thorough exploration of one of the most important and puzzling problems our species faces.

Reproductively, a male’s contribution is negligible, the matter of a few moments. Suggests an origin for the fervor humanity has for war and how its manifestation has morphed throughout our history.

The diseases of nationalism, Nazism and American patriotism are discussed. After all, we are human beings, we knew ourselves, sometimes.

Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War – Barbara Ehrenreich – Google Books

Origins and History of the Passions of War Owl book. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism, and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism. Mar 20, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s especially engaging and thoughtful as an explanation of the pre-historical origins of violence and war. Then, walking the reader through the democratization of glory, in battle, as a result of the American colonists rediscovering, from the Indians, the stone age way of fighting and the Napoleonic armies building on that, the author claims that the rise of the bureaucratic nation state dovetailed with the rise of the foot soldier and soldiers’ passions for the fatherland, or nation.


May 07, Kenzie rated it it was amazing. She’s presenting a pretty new idea about a pretty untouched subject and so when she has the material to use she is over supporting her argument, using a lot more examples than are neccessary to illustrate her point. Origins and History of the Passions of Wa r may seem remarkably timely. By necessity, a lot is speculat An intriguing theory about the human relationship to war: Barbarra may be the k This is a mind-expanding, audacious book, especially for someone bliod me without much knowledge of the history of war.

Even countries with no weapon production facilities are able to obtain all the necessary materials of war on the open market. We need to know, and we need to know something more than piles of unrelated observations. Dec 28, Geoffrey Bateman rated it really liked it Shelves: I like rires the author presents war as a self perpetuating entity, with a life of its own that defies any concerted attempt to rationalize it away. Though, when operating in groups, women were partaking in the hunt, now, women were the ones staying at home, losing their erenreich of fighters.

Leaching our resources, devastating our populations, war is the real predator of mankind.