HIST 4252 History of Terrorism (Fall: 3 )
This course examines the genesis and shifting development of the phenomenon of terrorism in the modern era. We will investigate ideas and arguments behind the various forms of political terror that have emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Emphasis will be placed on problematizing and historicizing the relationships between violence and democracy. Primary topics include the Terror of the French Revolution, anarchism, and totalitarian state terror. We will also have occasion to touch on anti-colonial violence, 1960s radicalism, and, obviously, Al-Qaeda and jihadism.
Instructor(s): Julian Bourg
Last Updated: 22-Feb-14