Blood rites origins and history of the passions of war by barbara ehrenreich author 40 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews. History textbooks tell us that the great war grew out of the conflict between competing imperialist states but this clausewitzian interpretation has little to do with the actual series of accidents blunders and miscommunications that impelled the nations of europe to war in the summer of 1914. Blood rites origins and history of the passions of war covers the development of war from the prehistoric people who were at first the prey of larger animals and to the early 1990s when some thought that war had become outmoded with the advent of nuclear weapons so horribly destructive that we . Chicago tribune may 1997 blood rites origins and history of the passions of war by barbara ehrenreich henry holt metropolitan 280 pp humanity has a love hate relationship with war but we deny the love. An ala notable booka new york times notable bookin 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
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