Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind

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Walter Reich
Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Sep 18, 1998 - Political Science - 289 pages
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Terrorists and terrorism have become a major force internationally. Hostage-taking and other acts of violence for political ends are common all over the globe. This groundbreaking study sheds new light on the phenomenon of terrorism.

This book examines and explains the nature and sources of terrorists' beliefs, actions, goals, worldviews, and states of mind. Origins of Terrorism addresses, with scholarly responsibility as well as necessary urgency, one of the most vexing intellectual and political challenges of our time.

The contributors to this book bring deep learning and experience in realms that are vital to an understanding of the arenas within which terrorist behavior takes place-arenas such as ideology, nationalism and religion. The authors explore terrorist behavior in its troubling richness and diversity, and identify the ways in which it develops, grows and sustains itself. In addition, they study the mechanisms that enable terrorists to easily carry out violent acts against innocents, as well as the ways in which leaders of governments respond to terrorist actions and threats. Finally, they identify the opportunities for future research in the psychology of terrorism as well as the limits of such research

This collection, under Reich's editorship, will help us to understand terrorism as well as the motivations behind it. Origins of Terrorism, which is being published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback, is an important study which is bound to affect the way we look at world politics.

  

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Review: Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind

User Review  - Kraychik - Goodreads

This is pretty niche. I wouldn't recommend this book to the casual reader. The analysis of the psychological origins of terrorism is interesting, as well as some examination of cultural underpinnings ... Read full review

Review: Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Slightly dated, but good reader about the psychology of terrorism. The most interesting sections were the Red Army Faction and the Weathermen. The sections of Islamic terror seemed to be a bit reductionistic. Read full review

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Contents

Terrorist behavior as
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Terrorist behavior as
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Terrorism in West
43
Terrorism in Italy
59
The psychopolitical formation of extreme left
65
Its social and political
86
A contemporary example from Islam
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The moral logic of Hizballah Martin Kramer
131
Mechanisms of moral disengagement
161
Suicidal terrorism
192
Hostage taking the presidency and stress
211
The domestication of policymaking
230
Questions to be answered research to be done
247
The limits
261
About the editor and contributors
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Walter Reich is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A psychiatrist, he is former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and was a Senior Research Psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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