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  • Published: 31 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446445617
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

Making Terrorism History




This very topical book shows how the problem of terrorism can be resolved by understanding and addressing its causes, and offers a range of preventative measures

Ever since 9/11 it's been clear we need a new approach to terrorism. In this timely and important book the authors show:
* The root causes of terrorism
* The links between trauma and fundamentalism
* Why people become suicide bombers
* Why peace processes collapse
* Whether non-violence is a useful response
* What can be done

Clear, radical and extremely persuasive, Making Terrorism History shows why political violence is now such a major force in our world. At the same time it gives a range of practical actions that can be taken to combat it, not only by our governments but also on the ground in Iraq, Israel and Palestine, and more widely. In addition there are many simple but effective steps that we, too, can take within our local communities to make peace - not war - on terror.

  • Pub date: 31 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446445617
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

About the Authors

Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy has been awarded the Niwano Peace Prize from Japan, and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. She specialises in the effectiveness of conflict prevention and methods of resolution, and advises political and military policy-makers. She is founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct.

Gabrielle Rifkind

Gabrielle Rifkind is a group analyst, psychotherapist and specialist in conflict resolution. She is founder of the Middle East Policy Initiative Forum, and human security consultant to the Oxford Research Group.


Praise for Making Terrorism History

“Terrorism and misguided policies are threatening to polarize our world. This book offers real insight, as well as practical step-by-step alternatives to the "war on terror "”

HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

“Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand terrorism today. It provides a thoughtful and challenging analysis of a complex issue that affects each and every one of us.”

Terry Waite, CBE

“Scholarly, readable, practical and positive ... Should be compulsory reading for all American congressmen and British MPs”

Tony Benn, MP

“This book is an awakening”

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, author of After Multiculturalism

“This very wise book suggests how we could stop building the anger and hate that generate terrorism and start to solve rather than exacerbate the problem”

Clare Short MP

“An original, stimulating and powerful contribution to how we deal with political violence in the modern world ... needs to be given serious consideration”

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP

“I should like to underline the importance of the approach described here”

Alistair Crooke, Founder, Conflict Forums

“We urgently need to engage with those who have felt threatened and then threaten us in turn. We need an enhanced political vocabularly ... Making Terrorism History is part of extending what we have understood as the political in crucial ways. Read it.”

Susie Orbach, author of Towards Emotional Literacy


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