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An International Perspective

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Terrorism | Terrorism

January 2019 | 800 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A comprehensive investigation of modern terrorism and the global terrorist environment. The book uses a multidisciplinary approach and discusses an array of global case studies from the ideology of ISIS, to the Orlando Mass Shooting, and State-Sponsored Terrorism in Iran and Pakistan, to provide readers with an in-depth account of international terrorist violence, from its emergence through to events taking place today.

Key topics examined in the book include:

  • The Causes of Terrorism
  • Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Gender-Selective Terrorism
  • The Lone Wolf Theory     
  • The Future of Terrorism

The book is supported by lecturer specific online resources, including: PowerPoint slides for each chapter, a sample syllabus, and a list of films, documentaries and journal articles linked to theories outlined in the text.

Suitable reading for students studying Terrorism, International Terrorism, and Counter-terrorism.

Part I. Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
Chapter 1. Terrorism: First Impressions
Chapter 2. The Nature of the Beast: Defining Terrorism
Chapter 3. The Past as Prologue: History of Terrorism
Chapter 4. Beginnings: The Causes of Terrorism
Part II. The Terrorists
Chapter 5. Terror From Above: Terrorism by the State
Chapter 6. Terror From Below: Terrorism by Dissidents
Chapter 7. Violence in the Name of the Faith: Religious Terrorism
Chapter 8. Violent Ideologies: Terrorism From the Left and Right
Chapter 9. Terrorist Spillovers: International Terrorism
Chapter 10. Emerging Terrorist Environments: Gender-Selective Political Violence and Criminal Dissident Terrorism
Part III. The Terrorist Trade and Counterterrorism
Chapter 11. Tools of the Trade: Tactics and Targets of Terrorists
Chapter 12. The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
Chapter 13. Counterterrorism: The Options
Part IV. Final Analysis
Chapter 14. Domestic Security: A Comparative Analysis
15. What Next? The Future of Terrorism


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Lecturer resources:

  • A sample syllabus
  • PowerPoint slide for each chapter
  • Links to films, documentaries and journal articles related to the book's content

Dating from the 1970s, terrorism has evolved from a domestic to a transnational, global phenomenon: from ETA and the IRA to Al-Qa’ida and the Japanese Red Army. Yet, despite much analysis, the antecedents, causes and consequences of this product of modernity remains elusive for scholars, students and professional analysts alike. Clarence (“Gus”) Martin and Fynnwin Prager do much to address this gap in our knowledge in this impressive and insightful volume. Weaving together theory and evidence, they comprehensively examine the evolution and contemporary forms of terrorism from a balanced, critical perspective that will inform academic and professional audiences alike.

Simon Reich, Division of Global Affairs and Department of Political Science, Rutgers Newark

A timely but very original contribution to the field of terrorism and homeland security. It provides a clear and holistic examination in terms of the events, ideas, motivations , theories and histories of terrorism.


Zhenhua Chen, The Ohio State University

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