Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups / Edition 1

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Overview

This fascinating compilation gives a succinct and objective overview of the most significant worldwide extremists and extremist groups in operation over the past 50 years. 290 alphabetically organized entries detail the notorious history, activities, and beliefs of these shadowy and often violent extremists.

Extremism has taken root and grown the world over. These 290 alphabetically organized entries detail the notorious and often violent history, activities, and beliefs of the most active and influential extremists and extremist groups in operation around the globe. Atkins highlights the dark truth that people of all ideologies, religions, regions, and races share a readiness for violence. This will be a very useful guide to students and scholars looking for a quick and easy- to-use guide to those groups and persons whose acts have unfortunately dominated headlines over the past several decades.

Well over three-quarter of the book's entries focus on extremist activity since 1980, with many entries providing historical perspectives that add a fullness of information found nowhere else. As a companion to the lauded Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremists Groups, this work contains a wealth of information not found together anywhere else on groups and people such as English Neo-Nazis, Argentinean death squads, American ecoterrorists, Hindu xenophobes, and Japanese cults.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 10 Up-In his introduction, Atkins traces the history of modern extremist groups and shows how the direction they took and the "varieties" that existed changed in the years following World War II. Over 85 percent of the articles focus on the years since 1980. Entries of varying length give essential information on the development of each group or movement, followed by a solid list of suggested readings. Certainly much focus is on the "Islamist" organizations, but the IRA, ETA, and Khmer Rouge also receive attention. Not all of the groups are politically oriented; social extremists such as the Animal Liberation Front and the Holocaust denial movement are discussed. Biographical profiles are offered on many key figures, including Saddam Hussein, David Irving, Pol Pot, and Gerry Adams, to name a few. Cross-references are found throughout the book along with average-quality, black-and-white photos. The volume concludes with a lengthy bibliography and excellent index. Other books on this subject tend to focus on specific terrorist acts; in contrast, this work focuses on the perpetrators of those acts. It serves as an important companion to the author's Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups (Greenwood, 2002). A valuable resource for students needing concise histories of particular groups or individuals.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313324857
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN E. ATKINS is Assistant University Librarian for Collection Management, Texas A&M University Libraries. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa. He is the author of Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups (Greenwood, 2002), Dictionary of Atomic Energy (Greenwood, 2000), which received the Booklist Editor's Choice Awards for 2000, Terrorism: A Handbook (1992), Arms Control and Disarmament, Defense and Military, International Security and Peace: An Annotated Guide to Sources 1980-1987 (1989), and The Academic Library in the American University (1989), as well as numerous journal articles on arms control.

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Table of Contents

List of Entries vii
Chronology of Events xiii
Introduction xxv
The Encyclopedia 1
Selected Bibliography 353
Index 363
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