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M Wallace, G Brown
Date Published
386 pages
The volume presents contemporary news articles and journalistic accounts (published in the New York Times) reporting terrorist events as they occurred in diverse parts of the world from 1879 to 1979.
The articles are arranged in a broadly chronological sequence and subdivided geographically and politically. The first event reported, the assasination of U.S. President James Garfield in 1881, introduces the turn-of-the-centry anarchist movement in the United States and events in Russia -- the assassination of Czar Alexander II (1881) through attempts at reform and the upheavals of the Russian Revolution. Colonialism is examined in terms of violence in India and Algeria, with the former beginning with the massacre at Cawnpore (reported by the only British survivor of this uprising) and concluding with the assassination of Gandhi. Articles on terrorism in the Near East, Northern Ireland, and Puerto Rico report the activities of groups such as the Irgun, the Stern Gang, the Palestinians, the Irish Republican Army, and the FALN. The last section, devoted to terrorism in Western democracies, includes coverage of student revolutionary violence in West Germany and the United States in the 1960's and a series of journalistic commentaries offering interpretive perspectives on terrorism. Articles are reproduced in facsimile with their accompanying headlines, illustrations, and date. An index and a 42-item bibliography are provided.