Richard English argues that the post-9/11 War on Terror has spectacularly failed and that we now need a radically new approach to dealing with international terrorism. Recent policies have ignored the lessons of the past, and Terrorism: How to Respond seeks to remedy this lack of vision by looking at the long history of terrorism and assessing why such violence emerges, how it is sustained, and--most crucially of all--how and why it ends.
Written by an historian who has long studied Irish terrorism and politics, this book argues that we cannot adequately respond to the practical challenge of terrorist violence around the world unless we are more honest about the precise nature of the phenomenon, and about explaining its true and complex causes. Drawing on first-hand research into terrorist organizations, Richard English offers an authoritative and accessible analysis of arguably the most urgent political problem of the twenty-first century--and how we can successfully respond to it.
`Review from previous edition If you want to read one book which explains the phenomenon of terrorism, gives you a good historical grasp of the subject whilst also providing a dispassionate roadmap to guide you through the term's complex meanderings and many intellectual cul-de-sacs, then this is the book for you. It is outstanding: short and beautifully written, it also manages to be thoroughly on top of its subject..'' Conor Gearty, Irish Times `Thoughtful scholarship lies at the heart of this fine analysis of terrorism as both a military and a political problem.' Michael Burleigh, Literary Review `If you want to read one book which explains the phenomenon of terrorism...then this is the book for you.' Conor Gearty, Irish Times `It is outstanding: short and beautifully written, it manages also to be thoroughly on top of its subject.' Conor Gearty, Irish Times `A short, common-sense primer to understanding terrorists and their limitations.' Max Hastings, Sunday Times `Recommended.' Choice
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 8th July 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.21