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1st Edition

Critical Concepts in Political Science

Edited By

David Rapoport

ISBN 9780415316507
Published January 13, 2006 by Routledge
2376 Pages

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Book Description

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

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