When we think "terrorism," our minds conjure up dramatic and horrifying images of hijackings, suicide bombings, assassinations and various other forms of brutal carnage. Placing terrorist acts within a historical context, this book helps us understand the causes, dynamics and outcomes of terrorism.Providing a concise history of terrorism since the French Revolution, the author considers the relationship between terrorism and warfare, crime, technology globalization and the state. He investigates the meaning of the word "terrorism" and shows how the definition and practice have both evolved over time. Throughout, he considers what motivates terrorists and what they hope to accomplish.Written by a pioneer in the field, Terrorism: The Present Threat in Context offers a practical assessment of domestic and international threats to security. This book will help anyone concerned about terrorism learn to evaluate the risks in a rational way, devoid of the hysteria that so often dominates the subject.
Stephen Sloan is University Professor and Fellow in the Global Perspectives Office at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of several books, including most recently, Terrorism: Assassins to Zealots, co-authored with Sean Kendall. John C. Bersia is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes for the Orlando Sentinel.
CONTENTS With a Preface by John C. Bersia Introduction: Imagery and Reality Chronology of Modern International Terrorism Chapter 1: The Meaning of Terrorism: Cutting Through the Semantic Jungle Chapter 2: Terrorism: A Historical Perspective Chapter 3: The Rationale of Terror Chapter 4: The Strategies and Tactics of Terrorism: The Abominable Art of Violence Chapter 5: The Attack and its Enduring Legacy: The Psychological Impact of Terrorism Chapter 6: The Policy Dimensions: On the Community, National and International Level Conclusion: Future Terrorism Appendix: Working through Terrorism at the Individual, Family and Community Levels Appendix by J.B. Hill and Joshua A. Smith Bibliography Index