The Origins of Modern Terrorism Term Paper by AcademicDoctor

The Origins of Modern Terrorism
An examination of the origins of modern terrorism, focusing on the Enlightenment period.
# 108675 | 886 words | 1 source | APA | 2006 | CA
Published on Oct 22, 2008 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism) , History (General)

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This paper examines the historical origins of terrorism from the 1700s to the present. It discusses various revolutions including the Russian Revolution in order to provide perspective to the origins of terrorism. The paper specifically focuses on the era of the Enlightenment during the French and American Revolutions and describes how during this time extreme violence brought the term terrorism to be defined at another level.

Table of Contents:
Enlightenment, Revolution, and Terrorism
Class Revolution and Changing Meanings
Terrorism and the Role of Anarchists
Terrorism and the Russian Revolution
Old and New Terrorism

From the Paper:

"The source of the terrorism the world knows today is from the era of the Enlightenment. When citizens fought for more rights against the ruling classes various forms of violence arose. Revolutions brought different types of terrorists from moderates to anarchists. The Russian revolution gave examples of revolutionaries rising to become terrorist leaders of the country. Today, the revolutions are not as dramatic; however, the terrorists have clearly become forces to be reckoned with waiting for opportunities to carry out their work."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • White, J. R. (2002). Terrorism an introduction. (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

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