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The Routledge History of Terrorism

Edited by: Randall D. Law

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415535779
eBook ISBN: 9781315719061
Adobe ISBN: 9781317514879

10.4324/9781315719061
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Though the history of terrorism stretches back to the ancient world, today it is often understood as a recent development. Comprehensive enough to serve as a survey for students or newcomers to the field, yet with enough depth to engage the specialist, The Routledge History of Terrorism is the first single-volume authoritative reference text to place terrorism firmly into its historical context.

Terrorism is a transnational phenomenon with a convoluted history that defies easy periodization and narrative treatment. Over the course of 32 chapters, experts in the field analyze its historical significance and explore how and why terrorism emerged as a set of distinct strategies, tactics, and mindsets across time and space. Chapters address not only familiar topics such as the Northern Irish Troubles, the Palestine Liberation Organization, international terrorism, and the rise of al-Qaeda, but also lesser-explored issues such as:

  • American racial terrorism
  • state terror and terrorism in the Middle Ages
  • tyrannicide from Ancient Greece and Rome to the seventeenth century
  • the roots of Islamist violence
  • the urban guerrilla, terrorism, and state terror in Latin America
  • literary treatments of terrorism.

With an introduction by the editor explaining the book’s rationale and organization, as well as a guide to the definition of terrorism, an historiographical chapter analysing the historical approach to terrorism studies, and an eight-chapter section that explores critical themes in the history of terrorism, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the past, present, and future of terrorism.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Tyrannicide from Ancient Greece and Rome to the Crisis of the Seventeenth Century Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Pre-Modern Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Terrorism in the middle Ages Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The French Revolution and early European Revolutionary Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Terrorism in America from the colonial period to John Brown Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Entangled Terrorisms in late imperial Russia Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Anarchist Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Europe and the World, 1878–1934 Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Anarchist Terrorism in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  10:  American Racial Terrorism from Brown to booth to Birmingham Download PDF
Chapter  11:  State Terrorism in early Twentieth-Century Europe Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Britain’s Small Wars Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Britain’s Small Wars Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Northern Irish Troubles Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Violence in the Algerian war of Independence Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Roots of Islamism and Islamist Violence Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Islamist Terrorism from the Muslim brotherhood to Hamas Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Urban Guerrilla, Terrorism, and state terror in Latin America Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Militant Organizations in Western Europe in the 1970S and 1980S Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Contemporary Domestic Terrorism in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Genesis, rise, and uncertain future of Al-Qaeda Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Politics, Religion, and the making of Terrorism in Pakistan and India Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Modernity and Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Terrorism and Insurgency Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Suicide Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Counter-Terrorism and Conspiracy Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Media and Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Terrorism and Technology Download PDF
Chapter  30:  International Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The age of Terrorism in the Age of Literature Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The literary turn in Terrorism Studies Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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