Historical Dictionary of Terrorism

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Scarecrow Press, Aug 3, 2009 - History - 880 pages
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The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as 'the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.' While terrorism has been around for centuries, it was the al Qa'eda attacks of September 11, 2001, that brought home to the world, and most particularly the United States, just how dangerous terrorism can be. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Terrorism presents the full spectrum of forms of political violence through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on major terrorist groups and their leaders, significant terrorist events, cyber-terrorism, counterterrorism, and social science concepts regarding the motivations and group dynamics of terrorist groups. Authors Sean K. Anderson and Stephen Sloan move beyond the gut reaction we have to this volatile and divisive topic by providing a reliable and objective reference on terrorism.

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Separately, the authors have researched and written about terrorism for either the newspapers or for the U.S. government. Though they reach back into antiquity to include such topics as the Zealots ... Read full review

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Sean K. Anderson is professor of political science at Idaho State University. He has researched Iranian politics and Islamic fundamentalism since working in the Pars News Agency in Iran in the early 1980s. Stephen Sloan is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Oklahoma. He pioneered terrorist simulations to assist domestic and foreign law-enforcement departments and has contributed greatly to formulating counterterrorism doctrine for the military and to evaluating U.S. policies toward terrorism. In 1986 he served as an expert contributor to the Vice President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism.

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