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Published: 25 September 2011

176 Pages | 16 black and white halftones

6.9 x 4.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199603947

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Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Charles Townshend

Very Short Introductions

  • Fully updated and revised edition of this Very Short Introduction - previous edition sold 24,000 copies
  • Looks at the impact and consequences of several recent terrorist attacks, including 9/11 and the 7/7 London bombings in July 2005
  • Answers the pertinent questions - What is terrorism? Is it war? Is democracy especially vulnerable to terrorist attacks? What can we do to stop it?
  • Explores the impact of increased terrorism on society, including debates surrounding the erosion of civil liberties
  • Takes a conceptual and historical approach using examples to illustrate the main points
  • Chapter 5 'Nationalism and terror' incorporates the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka
  • Chapter 6 'Religious terror' and Chapter 7 'Counterterrorism and democracy' have been updated to examine the treatment of religious terrorism, including Islamic extremism and radicalization
  • Chapter 7 'Counterterrorism and democracy' includes updates on the 'War on Terror' and takes account of the anti-terrorist measures implemented since 2001, with the impact of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq
  • The book includes a discussion of the ongoing public debate about the erorsion of civil liberties in both the USA and Britain, and initiation of major governmental programmes such as Britain's 'Prevent' strategy
  • The further reading section has been updated