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The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to Al Qaeda

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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. 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.

Includes essays by François Géré, Rohan Gunaratna, Olivier Hubac-Occhipinti, Ariel Merari, Philippe Migaux, Yves Ternon

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

2. Terrorism as a Strategy of Insurgency

Ariel Merari

PART I: THE PREHISTORY OF TERRORISM

3. Zealots and Assassins

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

4. Manifestations of Terror through the Ages

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

PART II: TERRORISM FROM 1789 TO 1968

5. The Invention of Modern Terror

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

6. Anarchist Terrorists of the Nineteenth Century

Olivier Hubac-Occhipinti

7. Russian Terrorism, 1878–1908

Yves Ternon

8. The “Golden Age” of Terrorism

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

9. Lenin, Stalin, and State Terrorism

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

10. Terrorism in Time of War:

From War II to the Wars of National Liberation

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

PART III: TERRORISM SINCE 1968

11. From 1968 to Radical Islam

Gérard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin

12. The Roots of Islamic Radicalism

Philippe Migaux

13. Al Qaeda

Philippe Migaux

14. The Future of the Islamist Movement

Philippe Migaux

15. Suicide Operations: Between War and Terrorism

François Géré

16. The United States Confronting Terrorism

Arnaud Blin

17. Terrorism in South Asia

Rohan Gunaratna

Bibliography

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520247093
Author:
Chaliand, Gerard
Publisher:
University of California Press
Translator:
Schneider, Edward
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Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
History
Subject:
Terrorism -- History.
Subject:
World
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
483
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 22 oz

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