The Warrior's Honor Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience

Michael Ignatieff

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0805055193

9780805055191

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228 Pages

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During the 1990s, Ignatieff traveled the world’s war zones, from Bosnia to the West Bank, from Afghanistan to central Africa. The Warrior’s Honor is a report and a reflection on what he has seen in the places where ethnic war has become a way of life. He charts the rise of the new moral interventionists—the aid workers, reporters, peacekeepers, Red Cross delegates, and diplomats—who believe that other people’s misery is of concern to us all. He brings us face-to-face with the new ethnic warriors—the warlords, gunmen, and paramilitary forces—who have escalated post-modern war to an unprecedented level of savagery. From the encounter of these two groups, he draws realizations about the ambiguous ethics of engagement, the limited force of moral justice in a world of war, and the inevitable clash between those who defend tribal and national loyalties and those who speak the universal language of human rights. The Warrior’s Honor is a profound and searching exploration of the perils and obligations of moral citizenship in a world increasingly scarred by war and genocide.

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"Compelling and penetrating."—The Boston Globe

"Important, well-written and accessible."—The Washington Times

"Ignatieff's arguement is simple and, to my mind, irresistible."—The New York Times Book Review

"If you are trying to understand the role of ethnic conflicts in the world today, Ignatieff is one of the best guides . . . Ignatieff’s insights are acute and profound."—Peter Maas, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Combines superior reporting with provocative and troubling insights on the world we've inherited. Its mastery of the psychology of warrior, victim, and aid-giver makes its author one of the most thoughtful commentators on an issue which seems certain to dominate the early decades of the [21st] century."—The New York Review of Books

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Michael Ignatieff is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other publications and the author of many acclaimed books including Blood and Belonging, Isaiah Berlin, The Warrior's Honor, The Russian Album, The Needs of Strangers, and Virtual War. He lives in London and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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  • Michael Ignatieff

  • Michael Ignatieff is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is also the author of many acclaimed books, including Blood and Belonging, Isaiah Berlin, The Warrior's Honor, The Russian Album, The Needs of Strangers, and Virtual War.
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