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Inside Terrorism

Inside Terrorism


Columbia University Press, 2017


Inside Terrorism



Bruce Hoffman’s classic book, Inside Terrorism, has remained the seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. This new edition maps terrorism’s historical trajectory from its ancient origins through the 19th and 20th Centuries to the rise of ISIS and stubborn resilience of al Qaeda. It specifically explores the timeless demographics of terrorists throughout the ages; the reasons behind the continued salience of suicide terrorism as a fixture of contemporary political violence; terrorism as an historically pernicious form of violent communication, including the exploitation of new communications media and social networking technologies; the radicalization and foreign fighter phenomena; and, potential future trends, including the repercussions of a post-caliphate ISIS and the potential resurgence of al Qaeda. Closer to home, the books also examines the resurgence in the United States of violent, anti-government militants, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. Arguing that war on terrorism did not end with Osama bin Laden’s killing, Inside Terrorism depicts how ongoing instability and strife in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Libya, and Yemen, among other places, will sustain terrorist movements both in those regions and elsewhere and have broad implications on domestic and international security everywhere.

ByBruce Hoffman

About the Author

Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman

Global Fellow;
Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Visiting Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Senior Fellow, U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center
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