Synopses & Reviews
Praise for the first edition:
a clear and accessible survey of terrorists motives and methods, strengthened by tables, and helpful chronologies from 1968 to the present The Economist
There is a need for a clear, concise introduction to terrorism
David Whittaker has provided us with just that. Peter Hylarides, Contemporary Review
Today, terrorism is everyones concern. Although it is not a new phenomenon there have been more than 8,000 attacks over the past thirty years - the scale and seemingly indiscriminate nature of terrorist incidents have escalated in recent years. 9/11 and 7/7 are dates now engraved in the minds of millions, dates that have become a short-hand pointing to the consequences of political instability of the modern world.
In this new edition of Terrorism: Understanding the Global Threat, David J. Whittaker explores terrorist scenarios across the globe, from Northern Ireland to the United States. He considers terrorisms causes and characteristics, taking on topics as diverse as religious fanaticism, global diffusion, terrorist financing and the possibility of biological attack. He also investigates the successes, failures and possible futures of counter-terrorism.
By untangling difficulties of definition and dispelling simplistic notions of what terrorism means, he shows that both word and action have changed over time, and that its meaning is different for every user, whether onlooker, victim, goverment authority or the terrorists themselves.
David J. Whittaker is a retired university lecturer and prolific author. His recent titles include Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Contemporary World (2005), The Terrorism Reader (2002), and Conflict and Reconciliation in the Contemporary World (1999).
What is terrorism and where does it come from? Who are the people who perpetrate terror? What are their motives? 11th September 2001 was the defining moment not only of 2001, but of the new millenium. Terrorism is now everybody's major and constant fear. This easy-to-read, concise account of terrorism provides the essential global guide to understanding what the threat is and exactly where it comes from. Without this knowledge, argues David Whittaker, there can be no way forward in prevention and control. The book looks in particular at how terrorism has shaped and been shaped by the past half century, the driving forces behind it, the methods, the psychology and the money. Arranged in 10 clearly defined thematic sections, and presented in the form of newspaper columns, this unbiased and unpartisan account provides information and reassurance.
Terrorists operate in many different places. They are driven to acts of terror for a whole range of reasons. Few call themselves terrorists.
In a world newly alive to the terrorist threat, David Whittaker takes a cool look at the problem and how it has shaped the last thirty years.
From descriptions of the terrorists themselves, their motives and beliefs, to the methods they use and how we should respond, Terrorism: Understanding the Global Threat providesan indispensable overview of one of the twenty-first century¿s most urgent issues.
David J. Whittaker has written widely on international relations. He is the author of `The Terrorism Reader¿ (1999).
This is an accessible account of the concept of terrorism, specifically looking at how it has shaped and been shaped over the past fifty years.
- Topical - terrorism is the most urgent international theme of today and tomorrow
About the Author
David Whittaker is author of The Terrorism Reader (Routledge 2000).
Table of Contents
1 The meaning of terrorism
2 New York and Washington, Madrid, London
3 Terrorism around the world
4 Motives for terrorism
5 Terrorism and religion
6 Fanatics and martyrs
7 Terrorist methods
8 Future types of terrorism
9 Counter-terrorism: the piecemeal approach
10 Terrorism: international efforts to defeat it
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