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Ignatieff, Michael

Works: 464 works in 1,329 publications in 16 languages and 23,964 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Political fiction  Drama  Claims  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Collector, Author of introduction, Contributor, Scenarist, Other, Interviewer, Author of screenplay, Narrator
Classifications: PR9199.3.I36, B
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The lesser evil : political ethics in an age of terror by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

54 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Must We Fight Terrorism with terror, match assassination with assassination, and torture with torture? Must we sacrifice civil liberty to protect public safety? In the age of terrorism, the temptations of ruthlessness can be overwhelming. But we are pulled in the other direction, too, by the anxiety that a violent response to violence makes us morally indistinguishable from our enemies. There is perhaps no greater political challenge today than trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls. Michael Ignatieff confronts this challenge head-on, with the combination of hardheaded idealism, historical sensitivity, and political judgment that has made him one of the most influential voices in international affairs today. Ignatieff argues that we must not shrink from the use of violence-that far from undermining liberal democracy, force can be necessary for its survival. But its use must be measured, not a program of torture and revenge. And we must not fool ourselves that whatever we do in the name of freedom and democracy is good. We may need to kill to fight the greater evil of terrorism, but we must never pretend that doing so is anything better than a lesser evil. In making this case, Ignatieff traces the modern history of terrorism and counterterrorism, from the nihilists of czarist Russia and the militias of Weimar Germany to the IRA and the unprecedented menace of Al Qaeda, with its suicidal agents bent on mass destruction. He shows how the most potent response to terror has been force, decisive and direct, but-just as important-restrained. The public scrutiny and political ethics that motivate restraint also give democracy its strongest weapon: the moral power to endure when the furies of vengeance and hatred are spent. The book is based on the Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 2003. "Michael Ignatieff has written a sober yet chilling account of the issues facing liberal democracies in the face of modern international terrorism. In a surgical analysis he describes the challenges facing their leaders and citizens. His warning of the critical dangers of under-and over-reaction in combating terrorism could not be more timely."-Justice Richard Goldstone, Constitutional Court of South Africa."Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil is a strikingly readable rumination on the ethical challenge of our time: How can a liberal democracy survive the long struggle against terror and do so in ways that preserve its institutions and dignity intact? His answer is a profound moral analysis, drawing on insights from philosophy, law, and literature, of how to surmount the strength of the terrorists, who are weak, and avoid the weakness of the democracies, who can be both strong and just."-Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of Law and International Affairs, Columbia University
Blood and belonging : journeys into the new nationalism by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

68 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author examines nationalism as it is manifested in Croatia and Yugoslavia, the reunified Germany, the Ukraine, Quebec and Northern Ireland
The warrior's honor : ethnic war and the modern conscience by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

57 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in 8 languages and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dramatic and startling 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."--Jacket
Virtual war : Kosovo and beyond by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

38 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This latest work (portions of which have appeared in the New Yorker and elsewhere) completes an unplanned trilogy that took shape around current events. Like the trilogy's previous two titles (Blood and Belonging and The Warrior's Honor), this book critiques the West's selective use of military power to protect human rights and the failure of Western governments to "back principle with decisive military force"--But here Ignatieff pushes this critique a step further, attempting to explain the paradox of the West's moral activism around human rights and its unwillingness to use force or put its own soldiers at risk: war, he suggests, has ceased to be real to those with technological mastery. Whereas Kosovo "looked and sounded like a war" to those on the ground, it was a virtual event for citizens of NATO countries--it was "a spectacle: it aroused emotions in the intense but shallow way that sports do." In other words, the basic equality of moral risk (kill or be killed) in traditional war was replaced by something akin to "a turkey shoot." In a series of profiles of major players in the Kosovo crisis (including American negotiator Richard Holbrook and war crimes prosecutor Louise Arbour and Aleksa Djilas, a Yugoslav opposed to the bombing), as well as in other writings--including a fine, concluding essay--the author presents a strong argument on the need to avoid wars that let the West off easily and don't have clear-cut results
Isaiah Berlin : a life by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

50 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in 7 languages and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Isaiah Berlin was witness to a century. Born in the twilight of the Czarist empire, he lived long enough to see the Soviet state collapse. The son of a Riga timber merchant and the first Jew elected to a fellowship at All Souls, Oxford, he was a presiding judge of intellectual life on both sides of the Atlantic for sixty years: historian of the Russian intelligentsia, biographer of Marx, scholar of the Romantic movement, and defender of the liberal idea of freedom against Soviet tyranny. When he died in 1997, he was hailed as the most important liberal philosopher of his time." "But Berlin's life was not only a life of the mind. Present at the crucial events of our age, he was in Washington during World War II, in Moscow at the dawn of the Cold War, in Israel as the new state came into being." "For this definitive biography - the result of a remarkable ten-year collaboration between biographer and subject - Michael Ignatieff, himself a leading public intellectual, interviewed Berlin extensively and was granted complete access to his papers, one of the largest archives in Anglo-American cultural history. Ignatieff charts the emergence of a unique liberal temperament - serene, comic, secular, and unafraid - and he examines its influence on Berlin's vision of liberalism, which stressed the often tragic nature of political and moral choice."--Jacket
A just measure of pain : the penitentiary in the industrial revolution, 1750-1850 by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

35 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The needs of strangers by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

34 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An essay on privacy, solidarity, and the politics of being human"--Jacket subtitle
Scar tissue by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

39 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman's decline and death from Alzheimer's disease, told by her philosopher son, chronicling its impact on the family: a heart attack for the father, depression for the one son, a marriage breakdown for the other. Lots of reflections on the process of aging and dying, including the thought that having inherited her genes he, too, may end that way. By the author of Aysa
Human rights as politics and idolatry by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

40 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Ignatieff draws on his extensive experience as a writer and commentator on world affairs to present a penetrating account of the successes, failures, and prospects of the human rights revolution. Based on the Tanner Lectures that Ignatieff delivered at Princeton University's Center for Human Values in 2000, the book includes two chapters by Ignatieff, an introduction by Amy Gutmann, comments by four leading scholars--K. Anthony Appiah, David A. Hollinger, Thomas W. Laqueur, and Diane F. Orentlicher--and a response by Ignatieff."--Jacket
American exceptionalism and human rights by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays seeks to identify and explain how America's approach to human rights differs from that of most other Western nations
Charlie Johnson in the flames by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about the inhumanity of war and the frailty of the human heart. Charlie Johnson, a veteran war correspondent posted to the Kosovan-Serb border in 1998, witnesses a murder and sets out to find the perpetrator, captured on film by a friend's camera
Asya : a novel by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

49 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born into a family of Russian aristocrats, Asya Galitzine's idyllic life is shattered by revolution, lost love, war, exile, and betrayal, in a saga of a woman whose fate parallels that of twentieth-century Russia
Wealth and virtue : the shaping of political economy in the Scottish enlightenment by Istvan Hont( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making states work : state failure and the crisis of governance( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This publication is the result of a joint interdisciplinary project of the International Peace Academy and the United Nations University. It focuses on situations when state structures begin to break down or collapse, encompassing a range of crises from states in which basic public services are neglected to the total collapse of governance. It looks at the roles and responsibilities of key actors in the situation in relation to their own populations and the international community, and considers the lessons that can be drawn from a range of countries to develop effective strategies to address such situations
The rights revolution by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are group rights-to land and language-jeopardizing individual rights? When everyone asserts their rights, what happens to responsibilities? Can families survive and prosper when each member has rights? Is rights language empowering individuals while weakening community?
Onegin by Martha Fiennes( Visual )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der durch eine Erbschaft reich gewordene St. Petersburger Bohemien und Freigeist Eugen Onegin weist die Liebe einer jungen Landadeligen als Schwärmerei zurück, erkennt aber nach Jahren, dass er die mittlerweile mit seinem Cousin verheiratete Frau doch liebt. Seine Bemühungen, sie für sich zu gewinnen, scheitern an ihrer Treue zu ihrem zwar ungeliebten, aber respektierten Ehemann. Glänzend gespielte und atmosphärisch dicht inszenierte Verfilmung eines Versromans von Alexander Puschkin, die tief in die "russische Seele" eintaucht, um berührend von verschmähter und nicht erfüllter Liebe zu erzählen. Die eindrucksvoll "gemalten" Bilder muten wie ein Gang durch eine Gemäldegalerie an. [film-dienst]
Empire lite : nation building in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Russian album by Michael Ignatieff( Book )

36 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De geschiedenis van vier generaties van een Russische adellijke familie
Nineteen nineteen by Hugh Brody( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Road to nowhere( Visual )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using an untraveled highway built by Tito to connect Croatia and Serbia as a metaphor, this documentary examines the breakup of Yugoslavia into heavily armed and contentious ethnic camps, run by demagogic war lords, and the bleak prospect for peace to return there
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The lesser evil : political ethics in an age of terror
Alternative Names
Ignatieff, Michael

Ignatieff, Michael 1947-

Ignatieff , Michael Grant

Ignatieff, Michael Grant 1947-

Ignjatijef, Majkl.

Michael Ignatieff Canadees journalist

Michael Ignatieff kanadischer Historiker, Philosoph und Politiker

Michael Ignatieff professor at Harvard Kennedy School and former Canadian politician

Игнатьев, Майкл Грант

Майкл Грант Ігнацьеў

Майкл Ігнатьєв

Майкъл Игнатиев

איגנטייף, מייקל

מייקל איגנטייף

مايكل إغناتييف

مایکل ایگناتیف فیلسوف، ژورنالیست، سیاست‌مدار، نویسنده، و تاریخ‌نگار کانادایی

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イグナティエフ, マイケル





Blood and belonging : journeys into the new nationalismThe warrior's honor : ethnic war and the modern conscienceVirtual war : Kosovo and beyondIsaiah Berlin : a lifeThe needs of strangersScar tissueHuman rights as politics and idolatryAmerican exceptionalism and human rights