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The lessons of terror : a history of warfare against civilians : why it has always failed and why it will fail again

Author: Caleb Carr
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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We think of terrorism as a relatively modern phenomenon used by fringe political and religious groups, but The Lessons of Terror demonstrates that it is a practice that has existed since time immemorial, and has been employed by national armies as well as extremists. Carr's exploration of two thousand years of terrorism reveals the tactic's consistently self-defeating nature: Far from prompting submission, it only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Carr, Caleb, 1955-
Lessons of terror.
New York : Random House, ©2002
(OCoLC)606643408
Online version:
Carr, Caleb, 1955-
Lessons of terror.
New York : Random House, ©2002
(OCoLC)607864694
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Caleb Carr
ISBN: 0375508430 9780375508431 0375760741 9780375760747
OCLC Number: 48880754
Description: xiv, 272 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: A catastrophe, not a cure --
Dulce bellum inexpertis --
Industry and cunning --
Covenants without the sword --
Honor has no effect on them --
To preach hatred --
Violence to its utmost bounds --
Fascinated by terror --
This fundamentally repugnant philosophy --
Shake hands with murder --
Profit or preservation?
Responsibility: Caleb Carr.
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We think of terrorism as a relatively modern phenomenon used by fringe political and religious groups, but The Lessons of Terror demonstrates that it is a practice that has existed since time immemorial, and has been employed by national armies as well as extremists. Carr's exploration of two thousand years of terrorism reveals the tactic's consistently self-defeating nature: Far from prompting submission, it only stiffens enemy resolve, and never leads to long-term success or peace. Carr provides a critical historical context for understanding not only individual terrorist acts today, but the Middle East conflict as well.

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