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The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to al Qaeda / Edition 1
     

The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to al Qaeda / Edition 1

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by Gerard Chaliand, Edward Schneider, Arnaud Blin
 

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ISBN-10: 0520247094

ISBN-13: 9780520247093

Pub. Date: 08/01/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520247093
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
483
Sales rank:
742,841
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface to the 2016 Edition, ix,
Preface to the 2007 Edition, xxxv,
1 Introduction Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 1,
2 Terrorism as a Strategy of Insurgency Ariel Merari, 12,
PART I THE PREHISTORY OF TERRORISM,
3 Zealots and Assassins Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 55,
4 Manifestations of Terror through the Ages Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 79,
PART II TERRORISM FROM 1789 TO 1968,
5 The Invention of Modern Terror Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 95,
6 Anarchist Terrorists of the Nineteenth Century Olivier Hubac-Occhipinti, 113,
7 Russian Terrorism, 1878-1908 Yves Ternon, 132,
8 The "Golden Age" of Terrorism Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 175,
9 Lenin, Stalin, and State Terrorism Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 197,
10 Terrorism in Time of War: From World War II to the Wars of National Liberation Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 208,
PART III TERRORISM SINCE 1968,
11 From 1968 to Radical Islam Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, 221,
12 The Roots of Islamic Radicalism Philippe Migaux, 255,
13 Al Qaeda Philippe Migaux, 314,
14 The Future of the Islamist Movement Philippe Migaux, 349,
15 Suicide Operations: Between War and Terrorism Frangois Gere, 363,
16 The United States Confronting Terrorism Arnaud Blin, 398,
17 Terrorism in Southeast Asia—Threat and Response Rohan Gunaratna, 420,
18 Jihadism in the Age of ISIS Gerard Chaliand, 435,
Bibliography, 453,
Bibliographical Addendum, 2006-2016, 463,
Contributors, 467,
Index, 471,

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