Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction

Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Charles Townshend

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 170mm x 14mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199603944
  • ISBN 13: 9780199603947
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 16 black and white halftones
  • Sales rank: 116,008

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Is one person's terrorist another's freedom fighter? Is terrorism crime or war? Can there be a 'War on Terror'? For many, the terrorist attacks of September 2001 changed the face of the world, pushing terrorism to the top of many political agendas, and leading to a series of world events including the war in Iraq and the invasion of Afghanistan. Charting a clear path through the efforts to understand and explain modern terrorism, Charles Townshend unravels a series of complex questions, including 'Are terrorists criminals?', 'How far does media publicity sustain terrorism?', and 'What can be done about it?' Fully updated for 2011, this Very Short Introduction examines the historical, ideological, and local roots of terrorist violence. Townshend explores terrorism in relation to revolutionary power, nationalism, and religious extremism, considering the successes of specific terrorist and anti-terrorist campaigns in the distant past, and in recent years. Providing a discussion surrounding the on-going debates about the erosion of civil liberties in response to increased terrorist activities, Townshend addresses the question we are all facing: how does terrorism end? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Charles Townshend is Professor of International History at Keele University. He has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina and the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC. Amongst his previous publications are Political Violence in Ireland (1983), Making the Peace: public order and public security in modern Britain (1993), and Ireland: the twentieth century (1999). His most recent books are Easter 1916: the Irish rebellion (2005) and When God Made Hell: the British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921 (2010).

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Review from previous edition approachable and highly intelligent the Guardian Review 'Like the other excellent books in this series, this is rigorous and compelling [...] balanced and sensible' The Independent on Sunday

Table of contents

1. The trouble with terrorism ; 2. Crusaders and conspirators ; 3. The reign of terror ; 4. Revolutionary terrorism ; 5. Nationalism and terror ; 6. Religious terror ; 7. Counterterrorism and democracy ; References ; Further reading