A far-reaching history of terrorism across the world from its beginnings to the modern-day, from the highly acclaimed author of ‘Sacred Causes’ and ‘Earthly Powers’.
Basing his study on a wide range of sources and key players from the world of terrorism, Burleigh explains and defines the meaning of terrorism and marks its progression from its hard to trace beginnings to the modern-day.
He begins with the first modern terrorist groups: the Irish Republican Brotherhood – the precursors of the IRA – who played a key role in the formation of an Irish Republican ideology. He goes on to look at Tsarist Russia where the 'intelligentsia' launched attacks on organs of state, left-wing fighting against 'Fascism' and 'Nazism' in the 70's and 80's in western Germany and Italy, and Britain and Spain's long and drawn out battles with their own terrorist groups the IRA and ETA respectively. He ends with the first globally inclusive account of Islamist terrorism since 1980s till the present.
Primarily, Burleigh aims to elucidate the mind-set of people who use political violence and explore the background and the milieu of the people involved. He will be interviewing several senior military and police figures who were responsible for security in Northern Ireland, as well as former soldiers who took part in operations such as 'Bloody Sunday'. He will examine the Middle East which, since 1970's, has been the world's epicentre for terrorism and the mythologies and delusions of Islamist radicals.
Finally, he makes clear that the west has considerable resources to comprehend and combat terrorism – despite consistently failing to do so – and highlights the shamefully inadequate nature of US public diplomacy. The book also includes a number of practical suggestions as to how terrorism can be combated both ideologically and militarily.
'Blood and Rage' is an unrivalled study that sheds an insightful new light, and a refreshingly complex angle, on a plight that threatens to affect the world at large for many years to come and establishes Michael Burleigh as one of the most original, learned and important historians of our time.
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'Magisterial…broad in scope, powerful in its argument and brimming with healthy rage. (Burleigh's section on Islamist terrorism) sees him at his polemical best, exposing the multiple hypocrisies - and lazy thinking - of the Islamist terrorist with a sharpened pen…A riveting book.' Evening Standard
‘This timely and important books' relevance is embracing. [Burleigh] is a clear–eyed historian…he sets his targets in context…and then pulverises them with an orderly and ceaseless barrage of facts. “Blood & Rage” is in all sorts of ways an outstanding book.’ Daily Telegraph
‘A magisterial tome, broad in scope, powerful in argument and brimming with healthy rage…[a] riveting book.’ Spectator
'The clearest, sanest and most knowledgeable voice is increasingly that of the historian Michael Burleigh. No one writes so well or so reliably, and this powerful book will give another boost to his reputation.' Daily Mail
'Written in Burleigh's usual cogent and trenchant style, the book can be highly recommended.' Sunday Telegraph
‘Burleigh's evident ability to assimilate and communicate incisively…a highly intelligent and comprehensive survey of recent terrorism.’ The Observer
‘In this volume, the handiwork of terrorists over the course of a century and a half is described with remorseless, stomach-turning attention to detail…Burleigh's greatest virtue as a chronicler of violence is that he always lets the facts speak for themselves.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Rich, dense and polemical…a deft and judicious guide. The anger that informs the book is seldom allowed to cloud the author's judgement.’ The Spectator
‘Caustic and forthright…Burleigh offers a witty, robust and self–confident guide to a subject that regrettably now affects all our lives to some degree.’ Daily Express
‘Makes rollicking good reading…Burleigh is good at analysing the response to terrorism.' Sunday TimesAbout the Author:
Michael Burleigh's two part history of politics and religion, Earthly Powers and Sacred Causes, were two of the most acclaimed books of 2005 and 2006 respectively. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and his The Third Reich: A New History, won the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001. He writes for several newspapers on religion, history and politics. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board at the Institut fur Zeitgeschichte in Munich and wrote this book while a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He is married and lives in London.
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Book Description Harper Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The jacket is slightly shelf rubbed.Internally clean and tightly bound.multiple copies available.EK. Bookseller Inventory # lg57
Book Description Harper, 2008 9780007241279, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Included. NEW hardback in d/w. 545 pages. B/w photographs. An authoritatice history and analysis of modern-day terrorism, beginning with the Irish Fenians of the mid-nineteenth century, moving through the PLO, the Baader-Meinhof gang, ETA and the IRA to modern-day Islamist terrorism. From the blurb: "Compelling, insightful and assured, Blood and Rage sheds an unflinching light on this globalised threat, while its panoramic scope reminds us that all civilized people, irrespective of their faiths, are in this long war between civilization and chaos together.". Bookseller Inventory # 450
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