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Historical Dictionary of Terrorism
Stephen SloanSean K. Anderson Historical Dictionary of Terrorism : Stephen Sloan,Sean K. Anderson : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170945135)
Pages: 618
Price: Rs. 595
Format: Paperback
ISBN13/10: / 8170945135
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Published in 2002
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Essential ready-reference on terrorism around the world

The horrific events of 11 September 2001 caught the world at large off-guard and drove home how terrorists can now destroy and disrupt the lives of millions of people. From the earlier complacency about terrorism impacting only some traditional fault-lines, the airplane-bomb destruction of New York’s World Trade Center towers and a portion of the Pentagon brought home the ever-present threat of a terrorist attack anywhere and anytime, leaving people suddenly searching for a better understanding of this "new war".

This dictionary packs in a wealth of information regarding major terrorist groups around the world, significant terrorist events and the weapons of terror. Beginning with acts of terrorism from the first century to latter-day leftist, rightist, secessionist and religious fundamentalists, this book offers rich insights into how and why such groups originate and how they operate, including:

  • Types of terrorism

  • Classification of terrorist groups

  • New players and changing motivations of terrorists

  • Impact of technology on contemporary terrorism and the future threats of weapons of mass destruction and cyber-terrorism.

Pertinent international laws and legal doctrines are also covered, and the book’s extensive bibliography presents essential further resources useful for the study and prevention of terrorism.

A special section on terrorism in South Asia makes available for easy reference the long-running phenomenon of terrorism in the region highlighting its main protagonists, important events, including assassination of two Indian prime ministers, and cross-border terrorism.

This timely reference work holds wide appeal for government officials, security experts, analysts and researchers, journalists, and the general public — in fact, anyone seeking a better, fuller understanding of the growing world-wide menace of terrorism.

Stephen Sloan

Stephen Sloan (B.A., Washington Square College of New York University; M.A. and Ph.D., Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Sloan’s interest in the study of terrorism is part of his long-term commitment to the study of political violence. His fieldwork in the Republic of Indonesia, coinciding with the abortive coup d’état of 1965 in which over 100,000 people killed, led to the publication of his first book, A Study in Political Violence: The Indonesian Experience (Rand McNally, 1971). Since 1966 Dr. Sloan has pioneered the development of simulations of terrorist incidents to assist domestic and foreign law-enforcement departments, as well as the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, in developing counterterrorist operational skills. His policy and field training led to publication of a second book, Simulating Terrorism (University of Oklahoma Press, 1980). Dr. Sloan also has been deeply involved in formulating counterterrorism doctrine for the military, as well as contributing to an evaluation of U.S. policies toward terrorism. In 1986 he served as an expert contributor to the Vice President’s Task Force on Combating Terrorism. Dr. Sloan’s latest books include: Low-Intensity Conflict: Old Threats in a New World, coedited with Edwin G. Corr (Westview, 1992), and Corporate Aviation Security: The Next Frontier in Aerospace Operations, coauthored with Harry Pizer (University of Oklahoma Press, 1992). Dr. Sloan is also the first visiting fellow of the Oklahoma National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.

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