Terrorism is often mistakenly thought of as a modern phenomenon, but it goes back quite some time. A History of Terrorism charts the history of political terror from nineteenth-century Europe to the multinational operations of Arab and other groups today. The question is: What is its true impact today and in the future? Laqueur addresses long-neglected psychological issues concerning the origins of and motivations behind terrorism, and examines the sociology of terrorism in depth: funding, intelligence gathering, weapons and tactics, informers and countermeasures, and the crucial role of the media depiction of the terrorist personality . Systematic terrorism and current interpretations of terrorism, its common patterns, motives, and aims, are unflinchingly faced and clearly explicated. Laqueur ultimately considers the effectiveness of terrorism and examines the ominous possibility of nuclear blackmail. Originally published in 1977, this book is one of the two most quoted works on terrorism. This expanded edition features a new preface and important contributions by distinguished security expert Bruce Hoffman that apply Laqueur's classic and seemingly timeless work to contemporary terrorism issues.
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30 August 2016
Professional and scholarly
ContentsIntroduction to the Transaction EditionIntroductory Note1 The Origins2 The Philosophy of the Bomb3 The Sociology of Terrorism4 Interpretations of Terrorism5 Terrorism TodayConclusionNotesAbbreviationsBibliographyIndex
Walter Laqueur was director of the Wiener Library and the Institute of Contemporary History in London. He was founder and editor of the Journal of Contemporary History, and other publications. Laqueur taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, and Tel Aviv University. His last academic position was university professor at Georgetown. Bruce Hoffman is currently director of the Center for Security Studies, director of the Security Studies Program, and a tenured professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Reviews for A History of Terrorism: Expanded Edition
-His survey of the history of terrorism as a strategy of political violence provides a much-needed historical context to ongoing events.- --Anthony W. Vassalo, Military Review His survey of the history of terrorism as a strategy of political violence provides a much-needed historical context to ongoing events. --Anthony W. Vassalo, Military Review His survey of the history of terrorism as a strategy of political violence provides a much-needed historical context to ongoing events. --Anthony W. Vassalo, Military Review