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Historical dictionary of terrorism
Anderson, Sean, 1952-
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Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1995.
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xli, 452 pages ; 23 cm.
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HV6431 .A537 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A reference that provides information on terrorist groups, events, and prominent figures spanning the period from the Zealot insurrections against Roman rule in first century Judea to the present. Entries on terrorist groups and movements provide information on their histories, programs, and leadership, as well as some discussion of the numbers and kinds of action perpetrated by each group. The introduction discusses essential components of terrorism that distinguish it from other forms of political violence. Extensive bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Separately, the authors have researched and written about terrorism for either the newspapers or for the U.S. government. Though they reach back into antiquity to include such topics as the Zealots and the "assassins," the majority of their work deals with the 20th century and its explosion of terrorist movements. As the authors explain in the introduction, terrorism is primarily a political act‘although the culprits can range from government agencies to "terrorists for hire." The articles are informative and fairly extensive, some covering several pages, and the scope covers not only familiar people and topics (Che, the IRA) but also more obscure concepts (guilt transference) and events ("Black June"). The articles can serve as either a complete answer to a reference question or the basis for further research. The work includes an extensive bibliography and a glossary of abbreviations, extremely helpful since many groups are known by their initials alone. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.‘John F. Camenga, Tampa-Hillsborough P.L., Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.