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26 Feb 2013 0415520991 978-0415520997 Reprint

This major new Handbook synthesises more than two decades of scholarly research, and provides a comprehensive overview of the field of terrorism studies.

The content of the Handbook is based on the responses to a questionnaire by nearly 100 experts from more than 20 countries as well as the specific expertise and experience of the volume editor and the various contributors. Together, they guide the reader through the voluminous literature on terrorism, and propose a new consensus definition of terrorism, based on an extensive review of existing conceptualisations. The work also features a large collection of typologies and surveys a wide range of theories of terrorism. Additional chapters survey terrorist databases and provide a guide to available resources on terrorism in libraries and on the Internet. It also includes the most comprehensive World Directory of Extremist, Terrorist and other Organizations associated with Guerrilla Warfare, Political Violence, Protest and Organized- and Cyber-Crime.

The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research will be an essential work of reference for students and researchers of terrorism and political violence, security studies, criminology, political science and international relations, and of great interest to policymakers and professionals in the field of counter-terrorism.

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (26 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415520991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415520997
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Alex Schmid has produced a book that is extraordinary in its scope and painstakingly comprehensive in its synthesis of knowledge and experience of terrorism research. His 1988 book Political Terrorism long occupied a cornerstone position as one of the few absolutely essential core texts for every terrorism researcher. The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism has surpassed even that. Whether you are a novice or an expert, this is simply a must-have source for every serious terrorism researcher.' John Horgan, Director, International Center for the Study of Terrorism, Penn State University

'A prodigious effort to bring together the collective wisdom of experts from around the world [...] an invaluable resource to students, scholars and policy makers, this new volume should be the starting point of every serious student of the subject.' - Louise Richardson, University of St. Andrews, UK

"Readers are fortunate to have Alex Schmid's 'The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research'. It captures many of the findings produced by the myriad studies on terrorism and counterterrorism and outlines them in an easy to follow chapter framework. It is a big book...but its depth of detail merits its cost.(...)Readers will benefit from the volume's authoritative approach to analyzing the unremitting terrorist threat. While terrorism does not seem to be abating, this comprehensive volume proves it is not beyond understanding or, ultimately, disabling." - The Washington Times, 1 April 2011 (Review by Joshua Sinai)

'The extraordinary Handbook Alex Schmid edited is by far the most comprehensive, valuable, clear, well written description and evaluation of the immense literature on terrorism and counter-terrorism. Participants focus on definitions, typologies, theories, data bases, primary sources for research, etc. A special feature is the responses of 100 authorities in the field to critical questions on terrorist and counter-terrorist activities. Public libraries will find the book indispensable. All scholars in the field will enthusiastically welcome it, and policy makers will find it exceedingly useful. University students studying terrorism will be urged to scrutinize it intensely. Those of us who have been waiting decades for the book will have all our expectations filled.' - David C. Rapoport, Founding and CoEditor, Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence

'If you need a one-stop authoritative reference book on terrorism - this is it. We at OSCE rely on it.' - Raphael Perl, Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Vienna

About the Author

Alex P. Schmid is Director of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), an international network of scholars who seek to enhance human security through collaborative research; he is also Editor of TRI's online journal Perspectives on Terrorism. Until 2009, he was Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews, UK, where he held a chair in International Relations and, until 2005, Officer-in-Charge of the Terrorism Prevention Branch at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. Currently he is Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 10 April 2014
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The Routledge hand book of terrorismresearch will hold pride of place on anyones library shelf.Excellent reading for everyone researching counter terrorism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference text for terrorism studies 10 Oct 2013
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This book is an essential addition to your terrorism studies or political violence bookshelf. I shall be using it for many years. I have the Kindle edition which is handy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long Distinguished Voice in Terrorism Studies has created an Extraordinary Reference Work... 19 Nov 2012
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Alex Schmid, Director of the Terrorism Research Intitiative (TRI) and long a distinguished voice in terrorism studies has created an extraordinary reference work for students and researchers of terrorism, political violence and security studies that surpasses all his previous and already prodigious efforts in this vein. It gives the most extensive discussion of defining terrorism that I've ever seen and also introduces the various terrorism databases available today. The reader can also find a listing of the terrorist groups by country as well as an amazing synthesis of the existing theories of terrorism, radicalization and political violence. This handbook is an absolutely essential reference guide for the researcher and student of terrorism studies. It is both comprehensive and well written, making it both invaluable and a clear read for the serious study of terrorism theories, actors and groups. I highly recommend it as a textbook for terrorism studies classes, and as an essential reference guide for military, policy makers, researchers, diplomats and political leaders. It is a truly magnificent work and well worth the price! I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Routledge Handbook of Terrorism ... 24 Mar 2013
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If you are involved in the field - you NEED this publication within easy reach .... the document covers nearly anything you might want to know .... this is a follow-up/updated version of the "tour-de-force" that preceded this version and it does not disappoint nor let up on keeping up the quality of material presented. As an independent researcher on the topic, I rely on it to provide in-depth presentation and that informed starting point to move to the specific details that I might be pursuing. It has never disappointed in the material provided - do I always agree with what is presented - well, of course not - but I can't argue with the caliber of thought and integrity of the material. This is professional research material you absolutely need in your reference library - just make sure it's close by, you will find yourself marking it up and using lots of sticky notes to keep sections handy to locate in the future.
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