In the Name of God and Country: Reconsidering Terrorism in American History

In the Name of God and Country: Reconsidering Terrorism in American History

By: Michael Fellman (author)Hardback

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With insight and originality, Michael Fellman argues that terrorism, in various forms, has been a constant and driving force in American history. In part, this is due to the nature of American republicanism and Protestant Christianity, which he believes contain a core of moral absolutism and self-righteousness that perpetrators of terrorism use to justify their actions. Fellman also argues that there is an intrinsic relationship between terrorist acts by non-state groups and responses on the part of the state; unlike many observers, he believes that both the action and the reaction constitute terrorism. Fellman's compelling narrative focuses on five key episodes: John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; terrorism during the American Civil War, especially race warfare and guerrilla warfare; the organized 'White Line' paramilitary destruction of Reconstruction in Mississippi; the Haymarket Affair and its aftermath; and, the Philippine-American war of 1899-1902. In an epilogue, he applies this history to illuminate the Bush-Cheney administration's use of terrorism in the so-called war on terror. In the "Name of God and Country" demonstrates the centrality of terrorism in shaping America even to this day.

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Michael Fellman is professor of history emeritus at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Among other books, he is author of Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War, Citizen Sherman: A Life of William T. Sherman, and The Making of Robert E. Lee, and co-author of This Terrible War: The Civil War and Its Aftermath.

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  • publication date: 05/01/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780300115109
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780300115109
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0300115105

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