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Essentials of Terrorism
Concepts and Controversies

Sixth Edition
  • Gus Martin - California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA

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Terrorism | Terrorism

December 2021 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Captivating, concise, and accessible, Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies covers key foundational topics by defining terrorism and introducing its history and causes. Author Gus Martin introduces readers to the modern landscape of terrorism and discusses terrorist environments (domestic, international, religious, etc.), as well as tactics, targets, and counterterrorism. Included in the Sixth Edition is an added focus on U.S. hate crimes and homeland security, in addition to new introductory discussions, information, and data throughout each chapter. 

 
 
About the Author
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Part I: Understanding Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
 
Chapter 1: Defining Terrorism
Learning Objectives

 
Understanding Political Extremism

 
Formal and Informal Definitions

 
Objectives and Goals of Terrorism

 
Playing to the Audience: Objectives, Victims, and Constituencies

 
Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?

 
The Political Violence Matrix

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 2: Historical Perspectives and Ideological Origins
Learning Objectives

 
Historical Perspectives on Terrorism

 
Ideological Origins of Terrorism

 
September 11, 2001, and the New Terrorism

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 3: Causes of Terrorist Violence
Learning Objectives

 
Political Violence as the Fruit of Injustice

 
Political Violence as Strategic Choice

 
Moral Justifications for Political Violence

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 4: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
Learning Objectives

 
Understanding the Role of the Media

 
A New Battleground: The War for the Information High Ground

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Part II: Terrorist Environments
 
Chapter 5: Terrorism by the State
Learning Objectives

 
Perspectives on Terrorism by Governments

 
Domestic Terrorism by the State

 
Terrorism as Foreign Policy

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 6: Terrorism by Dissidents
Learning Objectives

 
Perspectives on Violent Dissent

 
The Practice of Dissident Terrorism

 
Terrorist Targets and Weapons

 
Dissidents and the New Terrorism

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 7: Religious Terrorism
Learning Objectives

 
Historical Perspectives on Religious Violence

 
The Practice of Religious Terrorism

 
Trends and Projections

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 8: International Terrorism
Learning Objectives

 
Understanding International Terrorism

 
International Terrorist Networks

 
The International Dimension of the New Terrorism

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 9: Domestic Terrorism in the United States
Learning Objectives

 
Are “Hate Crimes” in the United States Acts of Terrorism?

 
Left-Wing Extremism in the United States

 
Left-Wing Terrorism in the United States

 
Right-Wing Extremism in the United States

 
Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States

 
Understanding the Persistence of Violent Ideologies in the United States

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Part III: The Terrorist Battleground
 
Chapter 10: Counterterrorism and the War on Terrorism
Learning Objectives

 
The Use of Force

 
Operations Other Than War: Repressive Options

 
Operations Other Than War: Conciliatory Options

 
Legalistic Responses

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 11: Homeland Security
Learning Objectives

 
Homeland Security in Perspective

 
Homeland Security in the United States

 
Civil Liberties and Securing the Homeland

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Chapter 12: Future Trends and Projections
Learning Objectives

 
What Does the Future Hold?

 
Revisiting the War on Terrorism

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Appendix: Map References
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resource
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  • A Microsoft® Word test bank is available containing multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides a diverse range of pre-written options, as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting personalized questions to assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for courses and highlight essential content and features.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi.
  • Multimedia content includes web exercises and resources that appeal to diverse learners.

Good updated information in the field of study.

John Reid
Social and Behavioral Sciences, Pfeiffer University
April 28, 2022

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