Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction

Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction

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This book charts a path through the outpouring of efforts to understand and explain modern terrorism, by asking what makes terrorism different from other forms of political, military action; what makes it effective; and what can be done about it. It unravels complex central questions such as whether terrorists are criminals, whether terrorism is a kind of war, what kind of threat terrorism represents, how far media publicity sustains terrorism, and whether democracy is especially vulnerable to terrorist attack. It examines the historical ideological and local roots of terrorist violence, and the success of specific terrorist and anti-terrorist campaigns in the more distant as well as the recent past.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 12mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous haltones
  • 0192801686
  • 9780192801685
  • 263,134

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'Like the other excellent books in this series, this is rigorous and compelling [...] balanced and sensible' The Independent on Sundayshow more

About Charles Townshend

Charles Townshend is Professor of International History at Keele University. He has held fellowships at the National Humanities Centre and the Woodrow Wilson International Centre He is the author of The British Campaign in Ireland 1919-1921 (1975), Political Violence in Ireland (1983), Britain's Civil Wars: Counterinsurgency in the Twentieth Century (1986), Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain (1993), and Ireland: The Twentieth Century (1999).show more

Table of contents

1. The Trouble with Terrorism; 2. State and Terror; 3. Revolutionary Terrorism; 4. Nationalism and Terror; 5. Religion and Terror; 6. Counter-terrorism and Democracyshow more

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