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Rethinking Terrorism

Terrorism, Violence and the State

ISBN 9780230573765
Publication Date September 2015
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Rethinking World Politics

A major new text on terrorism in the contemporary world. Terrorism, Colin Wight argues, is not only a form of political violence but also a form of political communication and can only be understood - and countered effectively - in the context of its relationship to the state.

Colin Wight is Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia.

1. Introduction
2. Owning Violence: A History of the Modern Nation State
3. The Modern State
4. Political Dissent
5. Political Violence: Situating Terrorism
6. State Terrorism
7. Terrorism: Justifications and Explanations
8. Terrorism: Types, Effects, and Organisation
9. Contemporary Terrorism and the War on Terror
10. Conclusion: Rethinking Terrorism.


A fascinating and thought-provoking book on a vital topic.' – Richard English, University of St Andrews, UK
'Engagingly written and likely to spark a whole new debate, Rethinking Terrorism provides a critical and groundbreaking analysis of the modern terrorist phenomenon.' – Douglas Porpora, Drexel University, USA
'A thought-provoking addition to the literature which helps us understand better the relationship between terrorism and the state.' – Jonathan Powell, author of Talking to Terrorists
'[A]n excellent analysis [and] an excellent book for anyone interested in understanding the crucial links between violence, terrorism and the modern state' – Samuel Makinda, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs
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