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Published: 21 February 2019

240 Pages


ISBN: 9780190689322

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The Marvel of Martyrdom

The Power of Self-Sacrifice in a Selfish World

Sophia Moskalenko and Clark McCauley

  • The first systematic effort to understand the political power of martyrdom
  • Argues that suicide bombers are not martyrs, and characterizing them as such damages the social fabric of the Western world
  • The authors show that Russian leaders have used a deft understanding of the psychology of martyrdom and victimhood in their propaganda tactics, particularly in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine
  • Offers a new theory, based on studies by criminologists, psychologists, and economists, of how and when peaceful protest can turn overnight into regime-toppling revolution

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