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Critical Concepts in Political Science, 1st Edition

Edited by David Rapoport


2,376 pages

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Hardback: 9780415316507
pub: 2005-12-08
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Providing a history of modern rebel or non-state terror, this impressive collection takes a chronological approach to the area, highlighting the fact that terrorism as a concept has developed in the form of four consecutive waves.

Each wave is characterized by distinctive features - most specifically purposes, organizational forms and tactics - which in turn shape the relationship between terrorist groups on national and international levels.

In addition to articles from academic journals, the collection also includes discussions by participants in each wave, statements from involved groups, and relevant government documents. Principle events in terrorist history also receive special attention; for example, the first terrorist act, the assassination that provoked World War I and the 9/11 attacks on the US.

Table of Contents

Volume 1. The First or Anarchist Wave I. General A. Pre Modern B. Modern i. General Description of the Wave ii. Theories and Statements iii. Movements and Events (Anarchist, Russian, Irish, Balkans) iv. Counter-Terrorism Volume 2. The Second or Anticolonial Wave I. General and International Contexts II. Movemements and Participant Statements (Ireland, Israel, Algeria, Cyprus) III. Counter-Terror Volume 3. The Third or New Left Wave I. General: Organizational Analyses II. Counter-Terrorism III. Special Problems IV. Movements: Participant Statement and the Rise and Fall of Particular Organizations Volume 4. The Fourth of Religious Wave I. General Context A. New Tactics B. Al Qaeda C. Counter-Terrorism after 9/11

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Political Science

Critical Concepts in Political Science is a well-established series in Routledge’s Major Works publishing programme.

The series spans a broad range of titles with a number of collections covering key areas of this popular subject. Each of the Major Works collection within the series are edited by a leading scholar (or scholars). One of our most popular series, the next year is set to see a growing number of titles added, including Islamic Political and Social Movements.

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Subject Categories

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