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The Terrorism Reader (Routledge Readers in History) [Paperback]

David J. Whittaker
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14 Jun 2007 0415422469 978-0415422468 3

An intriguing introduction to a notorious and disturbing international phenomenon, The Terrorism Reader draws together material from a variety of experts, clearly explaining their opinions on terrorism, to allow understanding, conjecture and debate.

David J. Whittaker explores all aspects of terrorism from its definition, psychological and sociological effects, legal and ethical issues to counter-terrorism. This Reader illustrates the growth and variety of terrorism in an original way with a series of case-studies from four continents including:

  • the Taliban and the al-Qaida terror network, and George W. Bush's war against terrorism
  • ETA and Spain
  • the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
  • the Liberation Tigers in Sri Lanka
  • the IRA and UFF in Northern Ireland
  • the Shining Path in Peru.

This new edition also includes a case study on events in London in July 2005, fully updated chapters on the conflict in the Lebanon in 2006, and two new chapters on terrorism and ethics, and terrorism and the law.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (14 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415422469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415422468
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A comprehensive, nuanced survey of international terrorism ... the Reader has both a better sense of the complexity of terrorism as an international phenomenon and ... the distinctiveness of the historical and political conditions’ – Athan Theoharis, Marquette University

‘One of the book’s strengths is its ability to see beyond particular conflicts to analogies across the world, including chapters in Libya, Sri Lanka, Algeria and Italy’ – The Australian Jewish News

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David J. Whittaker was formerly Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Teesside. His many books include Terrorists and Terrorism in the Contemporary World (2004) and Refugees and Asylum Seekers (2005), both published by Routledge.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential university Book 24 Jan 2013
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When studying politics or modern history this book is essential. Good price and quick delivery! would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for basic terrorism studies 11 Nov 2007
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As a phd student focusing on terrorism this book was a good basis for beginning study. It is well written and contains many helpful links and furhter reading. It would be the ideal course book for an undergraduate studying international relations with a focus on terrorism. In parts it seems to lack any specific detail in important areas but overall it is an excellent beginner book. The information boxes are an added bonus and explain terms that may not be as well known to people just beginning theit study. Anybody with an interest in the topic of terrorism will learn a lot from this book. Overall I would find it well written and well laid out but somewhat basic for anyone who has previous knowledge in the area of terrorism.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading 24 Aug 2012
By Danny L. Thoms Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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The author goes into detail on many instances of terrorists' cells and the ideological backgrounds of the more popular groups. A few, a bit more detail than needed, at one point the separation between groups seems to blur. Relationships are discussed and the motivational aspects behind the members with influences based on external forces. The author describes these forces in relation to their cultural and spiritual background and how the population condones and in most cases embraces the subject matter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation! 27 July 2011
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I needed this book for a class for graduate school and it was exceptional. Whittker includes 14 case studies that you can really wrap your head around and make sense of the issues. Great book for anyone ready to learn about terrorism and break those common misconceptions about who a terrorist is and how they become that way. Its an eye opener for some people.
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