Dictionary of Terrorism

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TERRORISM - A HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1st century AD

The Zealot Sect founded

11th century AD

Assassin movement active against Islamic faith and Crusaders

14th to 15th centuries AD

Christian led pogroms of Jews in Central Europe.

19th century AD

Russian revolutionaries became first anti-state dissidents

1848

Communist manifesto published

1865

Ku Klux Klan founded in Tennessee, USA

20th century AD

Revolutionaries commonly resorted to terrorism to overthrow existing governments.

1915

Ottoman Turks committed genocide against its American population

1916

Easter Rising in Ireland by Irish republicans to try to end British rule

1930s and 1940s

Political purges and terror in Soviet Union and Holocaust in Germany

1941-1975

Struggle of communists in French Indo-China to win power - especially Vietnam

1961-1996

Guatemalan civil war including state sponsored massacres and death squads

October 1967

Che Guevara's death in Bolivia - a hero for the far Left

June 1969

Carlos Marighella completed his Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla

September 1972

Members of Black September kidnapped Israeli athletes at the Olympic village in Munich and later all were killed in the rescue attempt

1975-1979

Khmer Rouge government in Cambodia committed acts of genocide against its own people

December 1975

Carlos the Jackal seized hostages at the OPEC meeting in Vienna and fled to Algeria.

October 1977

West German commandos attacked an airport at Mogadishu in Somalia to rescue hostages after a Lufthansa plane had been hijacked by the Red Army Faction

March 1978

Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro kidnapped in Rome and later murdered by the Red Brigade

April 1980

An attempt to rescue American hostages held in the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran since 1979 was aborted when rescue aircraft had mechanical problems

1990s

The end of the Cold War spelt the end for hard Left movements across Europe and their sponsorship for terrorism ended

1992-2000

Thousands killed in Algeria in fighting between Islamic extremists and the government.

1992

Bosnia Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface and Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction viii
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms xii
  • Glossary xviii
  • A 1
  • B 23
  • C 32
  • D 62
  • E 82
  • F 97
  • G 103
  • H 112
  • I 126
  • J 147
  • K 151
  • L 156
  • M 164
  • N 177
  • O 185
  • P 191
  • R 220
  • S 229
  • T 256
  • U 277
  • V 293
  • W 296
  • Z 304
  • Films and Documentaries 305
  • Terrorism - A Historical Timeline 309
  • Index 311
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