New American Civil War: Meuse-Argonne & "Kinship and Identity in the Paths to Civil War." Michael Vlahos @JHUWorldCrisis

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New American Civil War: Meuse-Argonne & "Kinship and Identity in the Paths to Civil War."  Michael Vlahos @JHUWorldCrisis

"Civil war represents the violence surrounding a deep shift in the terms of kinship relationships in society. Kinship is the core force in society, whether community or nation. Benedict Anderson posited that nations are "imagined" communities, and communities are defined by their sense of belonging. Yet the bonds of a nation are weaker than traditional communities tied to each other by "blood and soil." National kinship in modernity, after 1789, has been expressed through the orchestration of ritual, symbol, and narrative, which form the binding ceremonial we call identity. Identity is further sustained through the institutional function we call politics...."