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Book:The history of terrorism : from antiquity to al Qaeda / edited by Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin ; translated by Edward Schneider, Kathryn Pulver, and Jesse Browner.:c2007. Book The history of terrorism : from antiquity to al Qaeda / edited by Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin ; translated by Edward Schneider, Kathryn Pulver, and Jesse Browner.
The history of terrorism : from antiquity to al Qaeda / edited by Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin ; translated by Edward Schneider, Kathryn Pulver, and Jesse Browner.
Associated Name: Chaliand, Gérard, 1934-
Associated Name: Blin, Arnaud.
Associated Name: Schneider, Edward D., 1936-
Associated Name: Browner, Jesse.
Associated Name: Pulver, Kathryn.
Publication year: c2007.
Language: English
Call Number HV6431 .H5713 2007
Media class: Book
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press
ISBN: 9780520245334 0520245334 9780520247093 0520247094
Notes:
Originally published as: Histoire du terrorisme. Paris : Bayard, 2004.
Translated from the French.
Extent: viii, 474 p. ; 23 cm.
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Description:
"This authoritative work provides an essential perspective on terrorism by offering a rare opportunity for analysis and reflection at a time of ongoing violence, chilling threats, and renewed reprisals. In it, some of the best international specialists working on the subject today examine terrorism's long and complex history from antiquity to the present day and find that terror, long the weapon of the weak against the strong, is a tactic as old as warfare itself. Beginning with the Zealots of Antiquity, the contributors discuss the assassins of the Middle Ages, the 1789 terror movement in Europe, Bolshevik terrorism during the Russian Revolution, Stalinism, "resistance" terrorism during World War II, and Latin American revolutionary movements of the late 1960s. Finally, they consider the emergence of modern transnational terrorism, focusing on the roots of Islamic terrorism, al Qaeda, and the rise of the contemporary suicide martyr. Along the way, they provide a groundbreaking analysis of how terrorism has been perceived throughout history and dispel the widely held assumption that terrorism has no moral basis but is merely an instrument used for political gain. What becomes powerfully clear is that only through deeper understanding can we fully grasp the present dangers of a phenomenon whose repercussions are far from over"--Book cover.
Terrorism as a strategy of insurgency -- The prehistory of terrorism. Zealots and assassins -- Manifestations of terror through the ages -- Terrorism from 1789 to 1968. The invention of modern terror -- Anarchist terrorists of the nineteenth century -- Russian terrorism, 1878-1908 -- The "golden age" of terrorism -- Lenin, Stalin, and state terrorism -- Terrorism in time of war : from [World] War II to the wars of national liberation -- Terrorism from 1968. From 1968 to radical Islam -- The roots of Islamic radicalism -- Al Qaeda -- The future of the Islamist movement -- Suicide operations : between war and terrorism -- The United States confronting terrorism -- Terrorism in Southeast Asia : threat and response.

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