Manus I. Midlarsky is the Moses and Annuta Back Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Killing Trap: Genocide in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Advance praise: 'Midlarsky elegantly weaves insights from modern social psychology with macro-historical analysis to produce an original theory of the emergence of violent extremist movements. With its innovative theoretical framework and its command of an impressive range of historical evidence, this fascinating book will make a lasting impact on the literature on extremism and political violence.' Giovanni Capoccia, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Oxford 'From Fascism to Communism to Radical Islam, from South Asia to the Balkans, and with insights from social psychology, history, philosophy, and more, this book is staggering in its breadth. Midlarsky makes a compelling case on how territorial loss can produce political extremism and mass killing. This is a book not just about the past, but what we might behold in the future.' Paul F. Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 'Rarely does the timing of a book's publication coincide so well with the relevance of its subject matter in the real world. In this age of extremes, Midlarsky's masterful volume carefully guides us through what motivates and drives people to political violence; highlighting - as only an experienced scholar can - the key unifying elements in otherwise disparate-seeming cases across time and space.' Monica Duffy Toft, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University