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The History of Terrorism

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.
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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin 2. Terrorism as a Strategy of Insurgency Ariel Merari PART I: THE PREHISTORY OF TERRORISM 3. Zealots and Assassins Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin 4. Manifestations of Terror through the Ages Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin PART II: TERRORISM FROM 1789 TO 1968 5. The Invention of Modern Terror Gerard 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 Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin 9. Lenin, Stalin, and State Terrorism Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin 10. Terrorism in Time of War: From War II to the Wars of National Liberation Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin PART III: TERRORISM SINCE 1968 11. From 1968 to Radical Islam Gerard 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 Francois Gere 16. The United States Confronting Terrorism Arnaud Blin 17. Terrorism in South Asia Rohan Gunaratna Bibliography Contributors Index

About the Author

Gerard 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 Gerard Chaliand, of the Dictionnaire de strategie militaire and America is Bac: Les nouveaux cesars du pentagone, and, with Francoise Gere, of Puissances et influences: annuaire geopolitic et geostategique.


"the work provides the reader with an excellent historical survey of terrorist movements and is a solid point of reference for the origins of 21st-century terrorism. . . Summing Up: Highly Recommended." * CHOICE *

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