Historical Dictionary of Terrorism

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The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as "the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological." While terrorism has been around for centuries, it was the al Qa'eda attacks of September 11, 2001, that brought home to the world, and most particularly the United States, just how dangerous terrorism can be. The third ...

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Overview

The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as "the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological." While terrorism has been around for centuries, it was the al Qa'eda attacks of September 11, 2001, that brought home to the world, and most particularly the United States, just how dangerous terrorism can be. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Terrorism presents the full spectrum of forms of political violence through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on major terrorist groups and their leaders, significant terrorist events, cyber-terrorism, counterterrorism, and social science concepts regarding the motivations and group dynamics of terrorist groups. Authors Sean K. Anderson and Stephen Sloan move beyond the gut reaction we have to this volatile and divisive topic by providing a reliable and objective reference on terrorism.

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Booklist
This is an accurate, objective, and clearly written resource that will be useful in public and academic libraries.
Reference Reviews
The entries are insightful and clearly written for those new to the subject matter or those who have some prior knowledge. The focus in keeping with terrorism is international, and the geographic span of information and detail is highly impressive….This reference work is highly recommended for public and academic libraries and will be of particular interest to the general reader, as a standard reference resource and for those studying or researching politics or international relations.
Library Journal
Separately, the authors have researched and written about terrorism for either the newspapers or for the U.S. government. Though they reach back into antiquity to include such topics as the Zealots and the "assassins," the majority of their work deals with the 20th century and its explosion of terrorist movements. As the authors explain in the introduction, terrorism is primarily a political act-although the culprits can range from government agencies to "terrorists for hire." The articles are informative and fairly extensive, some covering several pages, and the scope covers not only familiar people and topics (Che, the IRA) but also more obscure concepts (guilt transference) and events ("Black June"). The articles can serve as either a complete answer to a reference question or the basis for further research. The work includes an extensive bibliography and a glossary of abbreviations, extremely helpful since many groups are known by their initials alone. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.-John F. Camenga, Tampa-Hillsborough P.L., Fla.
Booknews
This volume presents alphabetically arranged entries on various topics involved in the study of terrorism, including terrorist organizations, their leaders, and tactics such as arson and bombings. The volume features a chronology of events, a discussion of the impact of technology on changing types of terrorism, and an extensive bibliography. Anderson teaches political science at Idaho State U. and Sloan teaches political science at the U. of Oklahoma. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Sean K. Anderson is professor of political science at Idaho State University. He has researched Iranian politics and Islamic fundamentalism since working in the Pars News Agency in Iran in the early 1980s. Stephen Sloan is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Oklahoma. He pioneered terrorist simulations to assist domestic and foreign law-enforcement departments and has contributed greatly to formulating counterterrorism doctrine for the military and to evaluating U.S. policies toward terrorism. In 1986 he served as an expert contributor to the Vice President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism.

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