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January 2019 | 800 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A comprehensive investigation of modern terrorism and the global terrorist environment. The book uses a multidisciplinary approach and discusses an array of global case studies from the ideology of ISIS, to the Orlando Mass Shooting, and State-Sponsored Terrorism in Iran and Pakistan, to provide readers with an in-depth account of international terrorist violence, from its emergence through to events taking place today.

Key topics examined in the book include:

  • The Causes of Terrorism
  • Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Gender-Selective Terrorism
  • The Lone Wolf Theory     
  • The Future of Terrorism

The book is supported by online resources for students and lecturers, including: PowerPoint slides for each chapter, a sample syllabus, a list of films and documentaries related to key concepts in the book, and access to free SAGE journal articles.

Suitable reading for students studying Terrorism, International Terrorism, and Counter-terrorism.

Part I. Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
Chapter 1. Terrorism: First Impressions
Chapter 2. The Nature of the Beast: Defining Terrorism
Chapter 3. The Past as Prologue: History of Terrorism
Chapter 4. Beginnings: The Causes of Terrorism
Part II. The Terrorists
Chapter 5. Terror From Above: Terrorism by the State
Chapter 6. Terror From Below: Terrorism by Dissidents
Chapter 7. Violence in the Name of the Faith: Religious Terrorism
Chapter 8. Violent Ideologies: Terrorism From the Left and Right
Chapter 9. Terrorist Spillovers: International Terrorism
Chapter 10. Emerging Terrorist Environments: Gender-Selective Political Violence and Criminal Dissident Terrorism
Part III. The Terrorist Trade and Counterterrorism
Chapter 11. Tools of the Trade: Tactics and Targets of Terrorists
Chapter 12. The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
Chapter 13. Counterterrorism: The Options
Part IV. Final Analysis
Chapter 14. Domestic Security: A Comparative Analysis
15. What Next? The Future of Terrorism


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Lecturer resources:

  • PowerPoints slides featuring figures, tables and key topics from the book can be downloaded and customized for use in your own presentations.
  • Sample Syllabus which helps to devise a course plan according to the book’s organization.
  • Testbank includes a range of essay, short answer and multiple choice questions for every chapter
  • Journal Articles carefully chosen by the author
  • Films and Documentaries selected to help students’ understanding of the key concepts
  • Glossary with summaries of key terms.

For students:

  • Journal Articles for each chapter
  • Films and Documentaries to help enhance understanding of the theories and perspectives discussed in the textbook
  • Glossary flashcards to help strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.

Dating from the 1970s, terrorism has evolved from a domestic to a transnational, global phenomenon: from ETA and the IRA to Al-Qa’ida and the Japanese Red Army. Yet, despite much analysis, the antecedents, causes and consequences of this product of modernity remains elusive for scholars, students and professional analysts alike. Clarence (“Gus”) Martin and Fynnwin Prager do much to address this gap in our knowledge in this impressive and insightful volume. Weaving together theory and evidence, they comprehensively examine the evolution and contemporary forms of terrorism from a balanced, critical perspective that will inform academic and professional audiences alike.

Simon Reich, Division of Global Affairs and Department of Political Science, Rutgers Newark

A timely but very original contribution to the field of terrorism and homeland security. It provides a clear and holistic examination in terms of the events, ideas, motivations , theories and histories of terrorism.


Zhenhua Chen, The Ohio State University

A common theme runs through this astonishingly comprehensive study of terrorism. It is what Thucydides called war – ‘the human thing’. This book, as the authors claim is, first and foremost a study in human behaviour. A rigorously researched, pioneering work packed with disturbing and at times arresting information. It is unlikely to be superseded for some time.

Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations at the LSE and Director of IDEAS, LSE's foreign policy think tank

Terrorism is a masterful work with detailed accounts of the topic and approaches from a variety of angles. This comprehensive volume is indispensable and will appeal to readers well beyond the realm of terrorism studies.

Scott N. Romaniuk
University of Alberta

Added to reading list for criminal justice system module

Ms Lorna Harris
Hillsborough College, Sheffield College
February 10, 2020

The book is very good, but it does not include much of a media perspective. However, I recommend it to any student working on terrorism news coverage in order to get more background about terrorism and its understanding. I will not set it on the reading list but recommend this independently as to buy book for our library.

Dr Antje Glück
School of Arts & Media, Teesside University
March 9, 2020

This book covers key aspects around terrorism and provides a unique and well balanced range of resources to support lecturers and students alike. This extra material helps make this book an ideal source of reference for students and lecturers alike

Mr Andrew Crawford
Criminal Justice, Wrexham Glyndwr University
February 16, 2021

It is a recent publication with a comprehensive analysis and discussion, with specific case studies, of terrorism in the global system.

Dr Omololu Fagbadebo
Faculty of Management Sciences, Durban University of Technology
November 28, 2019

The book offers exceptional and incisive coverage of the issues.

Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 9, 2019

The book gives an excellent and broad overview on current research on terrorism. It's a must read if readers like to understand the field of terrorism research. Sure, it is more concentrated on the US and less on other continents, but terrorism is a global phenomenon and this book takes this global view. It is as well very interdisciplinary, i.e. it addressed the micro-, meso- and macro-level of phenomena, causes and outcomes of terrorism.

Professor Andreas Zick
Interdiscipline, Universität Bielefeld
September 3, 2019

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