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Terrorism in Perspective

Terrorism in Perspective

Third Edition

November 2012 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Third Edition of Terrorism in Perspective, like its two successful predecessors, takes a broad-based approach that emphasizes the historical, cultural, political, religious, social, and economic factors that underlie an understanding of both global and domestic terrorism. This unique text-reader combines original essays with the best of the existing literature on terrorism. Each chapter of this text begins with an overview essay written by the authors, followed by two relevant and engaging articles culled from a wide variety of popular, academic, and governmental sources. This is the only major terrorism text to incorporate readings from top terrorism experts into a traditional textbook format, allowing readers to deepen their understanding of each aspect of terrorism.

Chapter One: What Is Terrorism?
Chapter Two: History of Terrorism
Chapter Three: International Terrorism
Chapter Four: Terrorist Tactics Around the Globe
Chapter Five: Homegrown Terrorism in the United States
Chapter Six: Media Coverage of Terrorism
Chapter Seven: Women Terrorists
Chapter Eight: Technology and Terrorism
Chapter Nine: Counterterrorism
Chapter Ten: The Arab Spring
Appendix A - Locations of Worldwide Terrorist Activity (Maps)
Appendix B - United Nations General Asssembly Adopts Global Courter-Terrorism Strategy

This is an outstanding text, and essential for any course exploring aspects of terrorism.

The text explores a broad range of concepts, including the definitions of terrorism, historical examples of terrorism, motivation for terrorist acts and the methods used in terrorist actions.

THe layout is logical and easy to follow, and provides significant depth of analysis. It is ideal for readers of all levels, ranging from level three, through to undergraduate a masters. A truly essential text for any course exploring aspects of terrorism and security.

Mr Gareth Hatton
Education, St. Davids RC Sixth Form College
May 31, 2016

This updated version of Mahan & Griset's text provides a timely and reflective overview of terrorism, its origins, motivations and its impact on the geopolitical and cultural landscape. A great student reader for knowledge, discussion and debate.

Mr Paul Matthews
School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, University College Birmingham
February 23, 2016

The scale of the coverage within this text is outstanding, whilst taking a Western perspective the book is a good all round, informative read.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
July 24, 2015

A well structured, and written, text regarding this important topic.

Mr Peter Karlsson
Sch of Health & Social Sciences - HOS, Halmstad University
December 11, 2014

Good text with nice articles at the ends of chapters.

Dr Bonnie Semora
Social Sciences Division, Dalton State College
September 18, 2014

Insightful and appropriate for course learning objectives

Mr MarK Harvey
Public Services, Weston College
July 16, 2014
Key features


  • The Third Edition includes a new chapter entitled "The Arab Spring" (Ch. 10) which details the killing of Osama Bin Laden plus a country-by country analysis of terrorism in the Arab World.
  • Up-to-date coverage includes the growth of counterterrorism warfare, the Mumbai terrorist attacks, U.S. policy on Guantanamo Bay, the development of a surveillance society in the name of counterterrorism, the Muslim Brotherhood, military use of unmanned drones, and more.
  • More historical perspectives are included on global and domestic terrorism, including the wave theory of international terrorists and the history of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Expands discussion of state-sponsored terrorism with a history of state-sponsors of terrorism (Ch. 2).


  • Examines the "what, where, and why" of terrorism: Chapter 1 provides a solid foundation for the rest of the book covering issues related to the definition of terrorism; the quantity, location and type of terrorist incidents around the globe; and the sociological and criminological theories that help explain terrorism.
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of key terrorism topics: Reprinted articles analyze current events in terrorism, including reprints by Jessica Stern (Ch. 4), Bruce Hoffman (Ch. 4), and Peter Bergen and Alec Reynolds (Ch. 9).
  • Offers a deeper focus on suicide bombing and on al-Qaeda: Sparked by ever-growing interest in both this gruesome terrorist tactic and into this infamous terrorist organization, new and expanded coverage of both has been added to this edition.

Sample Materials & Chapters


CH 10

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