Bloed en Woede: een culturele geschiedenis van het terrorisme
In this sweeping and deeply penetrating work, distinguished historian Michael Burleigh explores the nature of terrorism from its origins in the West to the current global threat fueled by fundamentalists. Burleigh takes us from the roots of terrorism in the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Russian Nihilists, and the London-based anarchists of Black International to the v...more
It is kind of a history of terrorism, not a really complete one, and isn't by any means comprehensive. It can be a good start, and what Burleigh focuses on, he goes into great detail. I haven't read anything else by this guy, but I found him to be a pretty frustrating read, largely because I like to think historians try to be unbiased, or at least want to pretend to be. I wasn't sure reading ...more
Nowhere is there any mention whatsoever of the massive, murderous and genocidal actions of the British on that Island for hundreds of years that gave rise to such actions. It renders the book's entire arguement meani ...more
What a mistake! First, the author fails to define terrorism and suggests that the context and rationale of terrorists make no difference in doing so he denies the legitimate issues w ...more
As a work of culture is fairly bereft of cultural analysis. Instea ...more
Category - History (Terrorism) Publication Date - 2009.
This book is, without a doubt, meant for the serious student of Terrorism. It is a difficult read with way too much information for the casual reader. Although it is filled with a wealth of information regarding how terrorism started and how it is kept alive.
The author takes the reader back to the start of the IRA and up to the modern era. One gets great ...more
As some previous reviewers said, this isn't so much a "cultural history" as it is a mostly dry retelling of events, often with very little context as to why people might want to so something as extreme as becoming terrorists. Most of them just decide it seemed like a good idea ...more
"The prosecutor was predictably inept, while the defense lawyers acted like activist demagogues, a recurrent pattern in the history of terrorism. The liberal-minded chief judge indulged the accused, allowing them to read newspapers and wave to the admiring audience. A squalid little g ...more
In 1977 Michael Burleigh took a first class honours degree in Medieval and Modern History at University College London, winning the Pollard, Dolley and Sir William Mayer prizes. After a PhD in medieval history in 1982, he went on to hold posts at New College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cardiff where he was Distinguished Research P ...more