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2nd Edition

By Rosemary H. T. O'Kane


200 pages

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The history of terrorism stretches back nearly two thousand years and terrorism, both in the forms of terrorist groups and terror regimes, is an inherent part of the modern world: from Anarchist groups to al-Qaida; from Hitler’s Germany and SS to al-Bashir’s Sudan and Janjaweed militias. It is a subject of high current interest that is rarely out of the news (not least as the legacy of ‘9/11’) and it is also of enduring interest.

As a new volume in the Seminar Studies series, Terrorism has been brought up-to-date and now looks at both contemporary terrorism and its historical antecedents, providing a much needed introduction to the subject.


"Sweeping in its historical overview and authoritative in its scholarship, O'Kane's latest book is an excellent introduction to the complex and multifaceted phenomenon that is terrorism. Written in an engaging and student-friendly style, … this will be a core text book for students in the areas of terrorism studies and conflict … this book is a concise, authoritative and invaluable introduction and guide."

– Dr John Barry, Queens University Belfast.

Table of Contents


Publisher's acknowledgements


Who's who




1 Terrorism: Past and Present

2 The Concept of Terrorism

3 Revolutionary Reigns of Terror

4 Totalitarian Terror Regimes

5 State Terrorism at Home and Abroad

6 Terrorist Groups from Within Liberal Democracies

7 Terrorist Groups and Repressive Regimes

8 International and Transnational Terrorism

9 Terrorism: Past, Present and Future


1 Declaration of the Delegates of the Italian Federation of the Anarchist International of 3 December 1876

2 Emile Henry ‘A Terrorist’s Defence’

3 The Law of Suspects 1793

4 ‘The Cheka Orders the Arrest and Shooting of Counter-Revolutionists’, Order of 22 February 1918, and the Consequences Reported, ‘Executions’ 19 April 1918

5 VTsIK Resolution 2 September 1918

6 Red Terror in Ethiopia, November 1977

7 Detentions and Executions in Iran, 1979-82

8 Hannah Arendt ‘The Secret Police’

9 Prisoners in Gulag Corrective Labour Camps and Colonies 1934-53

10 The Annihilation Camps

11 Approximate Death Tolls in Democratic Kampuchea, 1975-9

12 Iraq: Directive SF/4008, 20 June 1987

13 From Madness to Hope: The 12-Year War in El Salvador, Report of the Commission on the Truth for El Salvador United Nations Doc. S/25500, 1 April 1993

14 From Civil Rights Supporter to Member of the IRA

15 Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale Speeches

16 Osama Bin Laden 'Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places' 1996

17 Fatwah Urging Jihad Against Americans, 1998

18 The Al Qaida Training Manual

Guide to further reading



About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @ open.ac.uk

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @ unbc.ca

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General