Does Terrorism Work?: A History

Hardcover | July 18, 2016

byRichard English

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Terrorism is one of the most significant security threats that we face in the twenty-first century. Not surprisingly, there is now a plethora of books on the subject, offering definitions of what terrorism is and proffering advice on what causes it and how states should react to it. But one of the most important questions about terrorism has, until now, been left remarkably under-scrutinized: does it work? Richard English now brings thirty years of professional expertise studying terrorism to the task of answering this complex - and controversial - question. Focussing principally on four of the most significant terrorist organizations of the last fifty years (al-Qaida, the Provisional IRA, Hamas, and ETA), and using a wealth of interview material with former terrorists as well as those involved in counter-terrorism, he argues that we need a far morehonest understanding of the degree to which terrorism actually works - as well as a more nuanced insight into the precise ways in which it does so. Only then can we begin to grapple more effectively with what has become one of the most challenging and eye-catching issues of our time.

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Terrorism is one of the most significant security threats that we face in the twenty-first century. Not surprisingly, there is now a plethora of books on the subject, offering definitions of what terrorism is and proffering advice on what causes it and how states should react to it. But one of the most important questions about terrori...

Richard English is Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St Andrews. He was born in 1963 in Belfast, where he worked at Queen's University between 1989 and 2011. He is the author of numerous...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199607850

ISBN - 13:9780199607853

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Jihadist Terror: The Case of al-Qaida2. Ireland and the Provisional IRA3. Hamas and Palestinian Terrorism4. Basque Terrorism, ETA, and the Spanish StateConclusionBibliographyIndex