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O'Kane, Rosemary H. T. (EDT)

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ISBN 10: 1843760649 / ISBN 13: 9781843760641
Published by Edward Elgar Pub, 2005
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Title: Terrorism

Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: HRD

Book Condition:New

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O'Kane (comparative political theory, Keele U., UK) has collected 46 previously published articles that span the gamut of issues concerning terrorism. The material is divided into thematic sections, with topics including concepts, regimes of terror, terrorist groups and religion, underlying causes of terrorist groups, the impact of new social movements, pyschological explanations, rational choice explanations, and counteracting terrorism. Among the authors represented are Donatella della Porta, Jerrold M. Post, Paul Wilkinson, Martha Crenshaw, and David C. Rapoport. O'Kane includes four of her own articles as well, including those on Cambodia; the causes of state construction in France, Russia, and China; and state building in Ethiopia, Iran, and Nicaragua. The articles are presented in facsimile of the original. Name index only. Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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So you think you know what makes the world go round? Read about the ideas that revolutionized the twentieth century.

The twentieth century was a period of seismic change on a global scale, witnessing two world wars, the rise and fall of communism, the establishment of a global economy, the beginnings of global warming and a complete reversal in the status of women in large parts of the world.

Many of these changes were brought about thanks to "big ideas" that irrevocably altered the way humans viewed their world. Short Histories of Big Ideas are brief, easy-to-understand introductions to the concepts that shaped the twentieth century. Each volume explains the key aspects of an idea and provides a concise history of its growth and influence on our world perspective.

"Sweeping in its historical overview and authoritative in its scholarship, O'Kane's latest book is an excellent introduction to the complex and multifaceted phenomenon that is terrorism. Written in an engaging and student-friendly style, ... this will be a core text book for students in the areas of terrorism studies and conflict ... this book is a concise, authoritative and invaluable introduction and guide." Dr John Barry; Queens University Belfast.  

What different forms does terrorism take and what do they have in common?


Explosives carried in the rucksack. A bomb under a park bench. A hi-jacked aeroplane. Today these images of terrorism are broadcast into our homes. Terrorism itself embodies far more than this, however.  Those who create terror are not just organizations such as al Qaeda and ETA but also states and repressive governing regimes.


Spanning 2000 years and 3 different continents, Rosemary H.T. O’Kane explores terrorism in all its forms: terrorist groups, ancient and modern, religious, political, separatist and nationalist, arising within liberal democracies and under repressive regimes, engaging in domestic, international and transnational terrorism; revolutionary reigns of terror; totalitarian regimes; state terrorism, including massacres and genocidal campaigns; and international state terrorism.


Case studies are included and explanations are explored for each of these many terrorisms. No matter the form, however, the method remains essentially the same - a system of summary justice: in its essence the deliberate targeting of innocents as victims.


Rosemary H. T. O’Kane is Professor of Comparative Political Theory at Keele University. She has written widely on the subject of terrorism in both books and journals. Her books include The Likelihood of Coups (1987), Terror, Force and States: The Path From Modernity (Edward Elgar: 1996) and Paths to Democracy: Revolution and Totalitarianism (Routledge: 2004). Her book The Revolutionary Reign of Terror: The Role of Violence in Political Change (1991) won the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 1993.

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