Terrorism: The Present Threat in Context

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When we think "terrorism," our minds conjure up dramatic and horrifying images of hijackings, suicide bombings, assassinations and various other forms of brutal carnage. Placing terrorist acts within a historical context, this book helps us understand the causes, dynamics and outcomes of terrorism. Providing a concise history of terrorism since the French Revolution, the author considers the relationship between terrorism and warfare, crime, technology globalization and the state. He investigates the meaning of ...
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Overview

When we think "terrorism," our minds conjure up dramatic and horrifying images of hijackings, suicide bombings, assassinations and various other forms of brutal carnage. Placing terrorist acts within a historical context, this book helps us understand the causes, dynamics and outcomes of terrorism. Providing a concise history of terrorism since the French Revolution, the author considers the relationship between terrorism and warfare, crime, technology globalization and the state. He investigates the meaning of the word "terrorism" and shows how the definition and practice have both evolved over time. Throughout, he considers what motivates terrorists and what they hope to accomplish. Written by a pioneer in the field. Terrorism: The Present Threat in Context offers a practical assessment of domestic and international threats to security. This book will help anyone concerned about terrorism learn to evaluate the risks in a rational way, devoid of the hysteria that so often dominates the subject.

About the Author:
Stephen Sloan is University Professor and Fellow in the Global Perspectives Office at the University of Central Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845203436
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Sloan is University Professor and Fellow in the Global Perspectives Office at the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   John C. Bersia     ix
Introduction     1
Chronology of Modern International Terrorism     5
The Meaning of Terrorism: Cutting through the Semantic Jungle     19
Terrorism: A Historical Perspective     37
The Rationale of Terror     47
The Strategies and Tactics of Terrorism     59
The Attack and its Enduring Legacy: The Psychological Impact of Terrorism     81
The Policy Dimensions: On the Community, National and International Levels     93
Future Terrorism     103
Working through Terrorism at the Individual, Family and Community Levels   J.B. Hill   Joshua A. Smith     113
Notes     125
For Further Reading     133
Index     135
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