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Politics of Western Europe Blood and Belonging This is a critique of the book Blood and Belonging by Michael Ignatieff This paper will explain the subject of the book and its relevance discuss Michael Ignatieffs methods and conclusions on the subject and finally include a personal critique of the book by the author of this paper The author of the book travels on what he terms the six journeys On these journeys he encounters different cultures as he travels to six different coinciding areas of the world He examines the unique expression of nationalism that each populace displays by interviewing various members of that particular society The six areas that he travels to are specifically chosen for the clarity which nationalism is expressed in society Nationalism is a factor contributing toward both present possible future instability in these areas These areas are former Yugoslavia specifically Croatia and Serbia Germany Ukraine Quebec Kurdistan and Northern Ireland According to Ignatieff in Croatia and Serbia there is a desire for a separate identity between the two nations The fear of losing ones national identity has caused ethnic hatred A terror so strong and historically persistent it has driven people to a desperate state to do anything This is a large contributor to the reasons for the extreme violence present there today The author states A Croat thus is someone who is not a Serb A Serb is someone who is not a Croat This quotation profoundly expresses the short-sighted mentality present in their conflict In his travels in Germany the author points out an important question Does the nation make the state or the state the nation This question by far does not stop here especially when Germany is the subject The essence of the German people is seen by some as aggressive and offensive thus the existence of the German problem If the nation makes the state then Germany will always be a
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