Unknown Soldiers : How Terrorism Transformed the Modern World
How has terrorism taken over the modern world? Matthew Carr provides a new, erudite and - for the first time - profound understanding of terrorism, putting today's problems in context by tracing its global history over a period of more than 100 years. Since 9/11, governments across the world have identified terrorism as a unique modern evil that threatens democracy and even civilisation itself. But terrorism has a long (and bizarre) history. In March 1881, when a group of Russian revolutionaries assassinated Tsar Alexander II, in accordance with a new strategy of violence that its protagonists called terrorism, their organization regarded the assassination as a heroic and even humanitarian act. Today, the technique of violence has become the scourge of the modern world. Unknown Soldiers shows how terrorists have come to assume the undue prominence that they have today, cutting through the propaganda of governments who have portrayed terrorists as animals. It provides an understanding of terrorists through sources including fiction and cinema and shows the extent of the present threat. This tracing of the story of terrorism is stunning in its breadth, its detail and its insight.
- Hardback | 416 pages
- 162 x 240 x 38mm | 760g
- 17 Aug 2006
- Profile Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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This is an excellent, fascinating history that demystifies much of what we think we know about terrorism. -- Frank Furedi, author of Politics of Fear, Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? profound in its thinking and ramifications * Sunday Herald * a rather good history of modern terrorism...Carr is strong on the motivation of terrorists. * Sunday Telegraph * [an] admirable new history of modern terrorism -- Simon Jenkins * Sunday Times *
About Matthew Carr
Matthew Carr is a journalist and radio broadcaster. He is the author of My Father's House (Penguin), which had exceptional (and deserved) review coverage, and as a writer has a longstanding interest in violence and conflict. He lives in Matlock, Derbyshire.