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History of Terrorism From Antiquity to Al Qaeda

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ISBN-10: 0520247094

ISBN-13: 9780520247093

Edition: 2007

Authors: Arnaud Blin, Gerard Chaliand, Edward Schneider, Kathryn Pulver, Jesse Browner

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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. The book includes essays by Franccedil;ois Geacute;reacute;, Rohan Gunaratna, Olivier Hubac-Occhipinti, Ariel Merari, Philippe Migaux, and Yves Ternon.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 483
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Edward L. Schnneider, M.D., one of the nation's leading experts on aging, and currently dean emeritus in gerontology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as well as a practicing clinician, was formerly the deputy director of the National Institutes of Health's Institute on Aging. He has edited eleven books and written more than 180 scholarly articles. His television appearances include 20/20, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and Larry King Live, and he is often quoted in such publications as Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Leigh Ann Hirschman has cowritten and edited numerous books, including The Chronic Pain Solutionby James N. Dillard.

Preface
Introduction
Terrorism as a Strategy of Insurgency
The Prehistory of Terrorism
Zealots and Assassins
Manifestations of Terror through the Ages
Terrorism from 1789 to 1968
The Invention of Modern Terror
Anarchist Terrorists of the Nineteenth Century
Russian Terrorism, 1878-1908
The "Golden Age" of Terrorism
Lenin, Stalin, and State Terrorism
Terrorism in Time of War: From War II to the Wars of National Liberation
Terrorism since 1968
From 1968 to Radical Islam
The Roots of Islamic Radicalism
Al Qaeda
The Future of the Islamist Movement
Suicide Operations: Between War and Terrorism
The United States Confronting Terrorism
Terrorism in Southeast Asia-Threat and Response
Bibliography
Contributors
Index