A major new text on terrorism in the contemporary world. Terrorism, Colin Wight argues, is not only a form of political violence but also a form of political communication and can only be understood - and countered effectively - in the context of its relationship to the state.
Colin Wight is Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia.
1. Introduction.- 2. Owning Violence: A History of the Modern Nation State.- 3. The Modern State.- 4. Political Dissent.- 5. Political Violence: Situating Terrorism.- 6. State Terrorism.- 7. Terrorism: Justifications and Explanations.- 8. Terrorism: Types, Effects, and Organisation.- 9. Contemporary Terrorism and the War on Terror.- 10. Conclusion: Rethinking Terrorism.