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Essentials of Terrorism

Essentials of Terrorism
Concepts and Controversies

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

January 2022 | 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, discusses terrorist environments (domestic, international, religious, etc.), as well as tactics, targets, and counterterrorism. Included in this 6th 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. 


Part I Understanding Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
Chapter 1 Defining Terrorism
Chapter 2 Historical Perspectives and Ideological Origins
Chapter 3 Causes of Terrorist Violence
Chapter 4 Terrorist Violence and The Role Of The Media
Part II Terrorist Environments
Chapter 5 Terrorism By The State
Chapter 6 Terrorism By Dissidents
Chapter 7 Religious Terrorism
Chapter 8 International Terrorism
Chapter 9 Domestic Terrorism In The United States
Part III The Terrorist Battleground
Chapter 10 Counterterrorism And The War On Terrorism
Chapter 11 Homeland Security
Chapter 12 Future Trends And Projections
Key features


  • New introductory discussions are included throughout each chapter related to the tables and figures
  • Updated overviews of terrorist objectives, tactics, targets, and weapons are included in Chapters 1 and 6
  • Chapters 2, 6, 7, and 12 include updated theoretical and historical information
  • Chapter 9 includes new discussion of hate crimes in the United States 
  • Updates to discussions on homeland security in Chapter 11
  • New discussions on future trends are included in Chapter 12

  • Learning Objectives have been updated at the beginning of each chapter using Bloom’s taxonomy, focusing students’ attention on key concepts.
  • Discussion boxes stimulate critical thinking and encourage classroom discussions and debates about timely topics.
  • End-of-chapter material, including Key Terms and Internet Exercises, help readers fully understand key concepts.
  • Fully updated tables and figures are included to present an empirical summary of discussions and concepts, allowing readers to conduct insightful research and analyses.


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ISBN: 9781071814048