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In the Name of God and Country : Reconsidering Terrorism in American History - Michael Fellman

In the Name of God and Country

Reconsidering Terrorism in American History

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With insight and originality, Michael Fellman argues that terrorism, in various forms, has been a constant and driving force in American history. In part, this is due to the nature of American republicanism and Protestant Christianity, which he believes contain a core of moral absolutism and self-righteousness that perpetrators of terrorism use to justify their actions. Fellman also argues that there is an intrinsic relationship between terrorist acts by non-state groups and responses on the part of the state; unlike many observers, he believes that both the action and the reaction constitute terrorism. Fellman's compelling narrative focuses on five key episodes: John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; terrorism during the American Civil War, especially race warfare and guerrilla warfare; the organized "White Line" paramilitary destruction of Reconstruction in Mississippi; the Haymarket Affair and its aftermath; and the Philippine-American war of 1899-1902. In an epilogue, he applies this history to illuminate the Bush-Cheney administration's use of terrorism in the so-called war on terror. "In the Name of God and Country" demonstrates the centrality of terrorism in shaping America even to this day.

Introductionp. 1
John Brown: Slavery and Terrorismp. 14
Terrorism and Civil Warp. 57
Blood Redemption: The Counterrevolutionary White-Terrorist Destruction of Reconstructionp. 97
The Haymarket: Terrorism and Class Conflictp. 143
The Philippines War: Terrorism and Empirep. 186
Codap. 232
Note on Termsp. 237
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780300168020
ISBN-10: 0300168020
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4