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Essentials of Terrorism


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PART I. Understanding Terrorism: A Conceptual Review CHAPTER 1. Defining Terrorism Understanding Political Extremism Formal and Informal Definitions Understanding Terrorist Objectives Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? The Political Violence Matrix CHAPTER 2. Historical Perspectives and Ideological Origins Historical Perspectives on Terrorism Ideological Origins of Terrorism September 11, 2001, and the New Era of Terrorism CHAPTER 3. Causes of Terrorist Violence Political Violence as the Fruit of Injustice Political Violence as Strategic Choice Moral Justifications for Political Violence CHAPTER 4. Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media Understanding the Role of the Media A New Battleground: The War for the Information PART II: Terrorist Environments CHAPTER 5. Terrorism by the State Perspectives on Terrorism by Governments Domestic Terrorism by the State Terrorism as Foreign Policy CHAPTER 6. Terrorism by Dissidents Perspectives on Violent Dissent The Practice of Dissident Terrorism Terrorist Targets and Weapons Dissidents and the New Terrorism CHAPTER 7. Religious Terrorism Historical Perspectives on Religious Violence The Practice of Religious Terrorism Trends and Projections CHAPTER 8. International Terrorism Understanding International Terrorism International Terrorist Networks The International Dimension of the New Terrorism CHAPTER 9. Domestic Terrorism in the United States Left-Wing Extremism in the United States Left-Wing Terrorism in the United States Right-Wing Extremism in the United States Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States PART III: The Terrorist Battleground CHAPTER 10. Counterterrorism and the War on Terrorism The Use of Force Operations Other Than War: Repressive Options Operations Other Than War: Conciliatory Options Legalistic Responses CHAPTER 11. Homeland Security Homeland Security in Perspective Homeland Security in the United States Civil Liberties and Securing the Homeland CHAPTER 12. Future Trends and Projections What Does the Future Hold? Revisiting the War on Terrorism

About the Author

C. Augustus "Gus" Martin is a Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he regularly teaches a course on the subject of terrorism and extremism. He has also served as Associate Vice President for Human Resources Management, Acting Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Public Administration & Public Policy. He began his academic career as a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, where he was an Administration of Justice professor. His current research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, homeland security, administration of justice, and juvenile justice. Dr. Martin is author of a number of books on the subjects of terrorism and homeland security, including Understanding Homeland Security (SAGE, 2016); Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies (2016); Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues (SAGE, 2015); The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition (SAGE, 2011); Terrorism and Homeland Security (SAGE, 2011); and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings (SAGE, 2004). He is also author of Juvenile Justice: Process and Systems (SAGE, 2005). Prior to joining academia, Dr. Martin served as Managing Attorney for the Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, where he was also director of a program created under a federal consent decree to desegregate public and assisted housing. He was also Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. As Special Counsel, he occupied a personal and confidential position in the central office of the Department of Justice; sat as hearing officer for disciplinary hearings and departmental grievances; served as chair of the Drug Policy Committee; served as liaison to the intergovernmental Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee as well as to the Narcotics Strike Force; and provided daily legal and policy advice to the Attorney General. Prior to serving as Special Counsel, he was a "floor" Legislative Assistant to Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York. As Legislative Assistant, he researched, evaluated and drafted legislation in areas of foreign policy, foreign aid, human rights, housing, education, social services, and poverty; he also drafted House floor statements, Congressional Record inserts, press releases, and news articles; and he composed speeches, briefing materials, and legislative correspondence.


"Up to date, objective, comprehensive"

-- Brenda Chaney

"The book is compact and accessible. The subheadings organize the material into manageable and understandable reading for students. Students reading such a text will gain an enlightened perspective on the issue of terrorism and its complexities."

-- Roger Chapman

"The author's research has great depth. He has produced a comprehensive and informative text that is beneficial to academics, students, and practitioners. The writing is clear, concise, and easily understood. The terrorism studies topics contained in this text book are presented in a clear and logical manner."

-- Robert McDonnell

"The majority of the chapters are well- designed and structured"

-- Marcos Misis

"Well organized, great coverage of subject matter, easy to read and visually appealing"

-- Shannon Hankhouse

"Clear concise writing, very logical presentation, clearly highlights important topics multiple times"

-- John Michaud

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