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4th Edition

Global Terrorism

ISBN 9780815357353
Published April 19, 2019 by Routledge
432 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Global Terrorism, 4th 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 earlier terrorist groups. Written in a clear and accessible style, each chapter explains a distinctive aspect of terrorism and discusses a wide variety of detailed case studies from around the world. Although the focus is on the contemporary, the book also includes discussion of preceding terrorist groups. Building on the strengths of the first three editions, this edition includes new material on:

• Attacks by ISIS in Europe

• Unrest in Afghanistan and Pakistan

• Russia and Chechnya

• Violence in Iraq

• Decades of terrorism in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and the Basque region of Spain

• Right wing terrorism in the United States


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

Table of Contents

1 Terrorism in the World, Today and Yesterday


Further reading

2 What Is Terrorism? Definition and Classification

Defining terrorism

Classification and categories

Causes of terrorism

Prevalence of terrorism



Further reading

3 Strategy, Tactics, Weapons, and Targets







Further reading

4 State Sponsors and Supporters of Terrorism

True State Control

Active State Support of Foreign Terrorists

Passive State Support of Foreign Terrorists

Case Studies

4.1 Italy and Hungary against Yugoslavia

4.2 Iran

4.3 The United States and the Contras in Nicaragua

4.4 India and Pakistan



Further reading

5 Religious Justification for Terrorism

Terrorism and the world’s religions

Case studies

5.1 The Zealots in Judea

5.2 The Sikhs and Khalistan

5.3 Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth)

5.4 Hizballah

5.5 Anti-abortion activities in the United States

5.6 Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the global jihad



Further reading

6 Ethnic and National Bases of Terrorism

Modernity and ethnic conflict

Case Studies

6.1 The Boston Tea Party

6.2 Basque nationalists in Spain

6.3 Dayaks in Borneo

6.4 The Palestinian Liberation Organization and the struggle with Israel



Further reading

7 Terrorism and Ideologies of the Left

Ideology and beliefs

Dissatisfaction from the left

Case studies

7.1 The Red Brigades in Italy

7.2 The Montoneros in Argentina

7.3 Naxalites in India

7.4 Environmental defense and animal rights groups



Further reading

8 Terrorism and Ideologies of the Right

Right-wing dissatisfaction: Marxism and minorities

Case Studies

8.1 Stormtroopers in Weimar Germany

8.2 The Ku Klux Klan (1920s and 1930s)

8.3 The American Militia/Patriot movement

8.4 Neo-Nazis and skinheads in Europe



Further reading

9 Terrorism and Multiple Motivations

Terrorist campaigns with complex causes

Case studies

9.1 Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland

9.2 Columbia: Leftists and drug cartels

9.3 Russia’s Chechen Quagmire

9.4 Troubles in the Philippines

9.5 D-Company, Laskar-i-Tiaba, ad Pakistan



Further reading

10 State Use of Domestic Terrorism Instead of Repression

Government induced fear and compliance

Government complicity in terrorism by non-state groups

Genocide and ethnic cleansing

Case studies

10.1 The Reign of Terror and the French Revolution

10.2 Zimbabwe under Mugabe

10.3 Ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina

10.4 Southern Sudan and Darfur

10.5 Genocide in Rwanda



Further reading

11 Countries with Multiple Crises of Terrorism

The prevalence of multiple crises

Case Studies

11.1 Waves of violence and terrorism in Sri Lanka

11.2 Terrorism and insurgency in Iraq

11.3 Terrorist violence in Turkey

11.4 Nigeria: Religion, ethnicity, and environmentalism

11.5 Afghanistan and Pakistan



Further reading

12 Counterterrorism

Techniques of counterterrorism

Weapons of mass destruction and mass casualties

The issue of civil liberties



Further reading

13 Terrorism: A Continuing Phenomenon

Why terrorism continues

What we know from the historical experience


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James M. Lutz is Professor of Political Science at 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 University of Dundee, Scotland. Her research has focused on terrorism and political violence as well as factory farming and the animal rights movement.


"This updated fourth edition continues the practice of the first three 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.

"Now in its fourth edition, Global Terrorism has proven to be the best and most comprehensive textbook on this subject. Brilliantly written and researched, it is an indispensable guide on the challenges from global terrorism." - Andrew T. H. Tan, Macquarie University, Australia.

"The standard of excellence has been raised yet again in Global Terrorism. Every serious security practitioner and their students of this toxic phenomenon, should have this work within easy reach: It is the gold standard for understanding this complex problem!" - Dr. Tony Piscitelli, SUNY Maritime College, Throggs Neck, USA. 

"Global Terrorism 4th edition will continue to stimulate my Honors course as it has for the past decade. It provides and updates brief, clear (a huge strength) case studies as well as introductory topics. Terrorism in the U.S. and Europe receive special attention, while historical studies provide a world-wide historical as well as contemporary relevance." - Paul Wallace, University of Missouri, USA.