When originally published in 1981 this was the first book to bring together in one volume some of the most thoughtful work by British academics and specialists studying the political violence and terrorism which had recently challenged Britain and other Western democracies. Four chapters consider the strategy and tactics of the IRA and the problems of the Northern Ireland conflict. Other articles discuss the phenomena of international terrorism.
Essential reading for courses on political violence, revolution war and staregic studies, this volume will also be of relevance for training course in military and police staff colleges.
1. Introduction Paul Wilkinson. 2. Politics and Propaganda Maurice Tugwell 3. The Water and the Fish: Public Opinion and the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland E. Moxon-Browne 4. IRA Leadership Problems Edgar O’Ballance 5. Terror in Ireland – and Britain’s Response Merlyn Rees 6. The British Police and Terrorism F. E. C. Gregory 7. Management of the Kidnap Risk Richard Clutterbuck 8. The United Nations Convention Against the Taking of Hostages: Realistic or Rhetoric? Clive C. Aston 9. Proposals for Government and International Responses to Terrorism Paul Wilkinson