Peculiar Liaisons: In War, Espionage, and Terrorism of the Twentieth Century

Peculiar Liaisons: In War, Espionage, and Terrorism of the Twentieth Century

Peculiar Liaisons: In War, Espionage, and Terrorism of the Twentieth Century

Peculiar Liaisons: In War, Espionage, and Terrorism of the Twentieth Century

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The wars of the last century were numerous and devastating and the loss of lives of both soldiers and citizens totals in the tens of millions. During this remarkable century, despite triumphs over diseases such as smallpox and polio, mankind developed the machine gun, nerve gas, and the atomic bomb. In a span of one hundred years, scientific advancements provided the world a chance to end hunger, yet governments murdered over 90 million of their own people through state-sponsored famines.

As the anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Examples of small groups and individual efforts that have changed the world for the better through their peaceful efforts are numerous, but there are also those small groups of people that have shaped the course of human history through violence. This is the story of some of those small groups that grew into more powerful organizations, becoming household names, like the Nazis, the Bolsheviks, and Al Qaeda; and, though shadowed and forgotten by time, no less profound in their actions were the Black Hand, the Croatian Ustasha, the Kreisau Circle, Black Orchestra, the Red Army Faction, the Japanese Red Army, the Tamil Tigers, and the Grey Wolves of Turkey. In the name of one cause or another, those small groups worked for what they may have thought was good but they also fought, assassinated, and spied against their own — whether to champion or to destroy socialism, communism, imperialism, and various forms of nationalism.

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