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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520247093
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 483
  • Sales rank: 414,394
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Gérard Chaliand is an independent scholar who has held visiting professorships at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Harvard University. He is the author of more than thirty-five works including The Art of War in History and Guerilla Strategies (both UC Press). Arnaud Blin is senior fellow at the French
Institute for Strategic Analysis. He is coauthor, with Gérard Chaliand, of the Dictionnaire de stratégie militaire and America is Bac: Les nouveaux césars du pentagone, and, with Françoise Géré, of Puissances et influences: annuaire géopolitic et géostatégique.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     1
Terrorism as a Strategy of Insurgency   Ariel Merari     12
The Prehistory of Terrorism
Zealots and Assassins   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     55
Manifestations of Terror through the Ages   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     79
Terrorism from 1789 to 1968
The Invention of Modern Terror   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     95
Anarchist Terrorists of the Nineteenth Century   Olivier Hubac-Occhipinti     113
Russian Terrorism, 1878-1908   Yves Ternon     132
The "Golden Age" of Terrorism   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     175
Lenin, Stalin, and State Terrorism   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     197
Terrorism in Time of War: From War II to the Wars of National Liberation   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     208
Terrorism since 1968
From 1968 to Radical Islam   Gerard Chaliand   Arnaud Blin     221
The Roots of Islamic Radicalism   Philippe Migaux     255
Al Qaeda   Philippe Migaux     314
The Future of the IslamistMovement   Philippe Migaux     349
Suicide Operations: Between War and Terrorism   Francois Gere     363
The United States Confronting Terrorism   Arnaud Blin     398
Terrorism in Southeast Asia-Threat and Response   Rohan Gunaratna     420
Bibliography     435
Contributors     445
Index     447
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