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"Miller has written a splendid scene-shifting narrative of dilemmas of power, with cameos of individual terrorists, theoreticians of terror, architects of state terror, and scenes of terror across the globe. His study offers deep understanding of the basic and enduring reasons for both Red and White Terror."
Philip Pomper, Wesleyan University

"Martin Miller has written a fresh and provocative history of terrorism from the French Revolution to the contemporary world. By spotlighting the dynamic interplay between terrorist movements and the modern state, its security apparatuses and 'wars on terrorism', Miller compels readers to rethink the origins, nature, and scope of terrorism in its broadest sense. This important book demonstrates the fundamental significance of history to contemporary debates about terrorism and state violence."
Susan Morrissey, University College London

"The Foundations of Modern Terrorism is an unusual, well-written and fascinating study of the relationship between rebel and state terror from the French Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. The first serious study of a very important problem, it will intrigue everyone interested in the terrorism, provoke many future studies and be a landmark in the discipline."
David C. Rapoport, founding and co-editor, Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence

"Miller offers a concise overview of modern terrorism pre-9/11 ... Evenhanded, clear, dispassionate in tone, and wide ranging in scope, this book gathers the work of specialized research into one convenient account. Useful indeed."
W. Morrisey, Choice

"The Foundations of Modern Terrorism is a thoughtful and compelling contribution to a body of literature so extensively researched and rehashed that it is often tough to find anything new ... the book makes a telling contribution."
Thomas Colley, Strife

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Ranging from early modern Europe to the contemporary Middle East, this is a groundbreaking history of the roots of modern terrorism. Martin Miller integrates the violence of governments and insurgencies for the first time, revealing how closely they are linked in their behaviour and tactics.
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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; paperback / softback edition (January 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107621089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107621084
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not only is Miller's deep knowledge of history extremely impressive but, although this is a scholarly endeavour, the presentation reads like a novel. The author chronologically traces the origins of terrorism, both from the perspective of terrorism from 'above' and 'below, so that one comes to understand the relevance of extreme forms of resistance in today's world. Anyone who believes that eruptions of violence are endemic to the present time, must read this illuminating description of an element of our human existence that is an on-going part of the story of mankind.
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Was it State Terrorism, or was it individual/group terrorism? The answer is vague but it would seem that the progenitor is state terrorism leads to individual/group acts of retaliatory terrorism. That would be consistent with the conclusions of another book I read years ago: "What Terrorists Want." In the end the whole issue is about power, and the exercise of power. You have it and misuse it so I want to take it from you and when I'm in power I may well use terror as a way to maintain my power, or I might not. Power may, or may not, corrupt but as Robert Caro noted: "Power reveals." Terrorism is but one reveal that tells us about the person with or aspiring to power. I left this book a bit depressed over the state of humanity but hopeful that perhaps we can regain the disgust for terror as a means to power and reclaim the "Golden Rule" - Do not do to others that which you would not have done to you.
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An excellent book to understand "terrorism" in today's world. It is a great read for anyone interested in contemporary political violence.
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This is neither informative or objective. Miller's work is not objective and deeply reflects his bias. It makes far too many excuses for those who turn to violence towards the innocent. Save your money.
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