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Global Terrorism

3rd Edition

By James Lutz, Brenda Lutz


392 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Global Terrorism 3rd edition continues to provide students with the most comprehensive introduction to terrorism as a global phenomenon. It introduces students to history, politics, ideologies and strategies of both contemporary and older terrorist groups.

Written in a clear and accessible style, each chapter explains a different aspect of terrorism and illustrates this with a wide variety of detailed case studies from across the world. Although the focus is on the contemporary, the book also includes discussion of older terrorist groups.

Building on the strengths of the previous editions, this edition has been revised and upadted throughout and includes new material on:

  • Strategies of terrorism
  • The future of Al-Qaeda after the death of Bin Laden
  • Changes in the Middle East
  • New case studies on Hizbollah, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Aum Shinrikyo (Japan), Militia movement in the US

The unique combination of a genuinely historical focus and truly global coverage makes this an ideal introductory textbook for anyone studying terrorism.


"The third edition continues the practice of the first two in providing a comprehensive coverage of terrorism in a global setting, not just on the Middle East and/or Islam. The case study approach provides students with the necessary details on many different types of terrorist groups. Global Terrorism is well written and is unique in its coverage and organization."

Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D., University of Baltimore, USA.

"Its comprehensive up-to-date coverage and empirical approach makes this the best available text for the study of global terrorism. Impressive and highly recommended."

Andrew T H Tan, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia.

This rich, comprehensive, and highly accessible text provides students of terrorism with a fantastic resource. Impressively detailed, easy to read, and expertly written this updated edition is essential reading for all students of contemporary terrorism.

Mike Bourne, Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Terrorism in the World, Today and Yesterday 2. What is Terrorism? Definition and Classification 3. Strategy, Tactics, Weapons and Targets 4. State- sponsored Terrorism 5. Religious Justification for Terrorism 6. Ethnic and National Bases of Terrorism 7. Terrorism and Ideologies of the Left 8. Terrorism and Ideologies of the Right 9. Terrorism and Multiple Motivations 10. State Use of Domestic Terrorism and Repression 11. Countries with Multiple Crises of Terrorism 12. Counterterrorism 13. Terrorism: A Continuing Phenomenon

About the Authors

James M. Lutz is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He has long been interested in various types of political violence.

Brenda J. Lutz holds a PhD in Politics from the Department of Politics, University of Dundee, Scotland. Her research has focused on terrorism and political violence and on factory farming and the animal rights movement.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism