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Bloed en Woede: een culturele geschiedenis van het terrorisme

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  29 reviews

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

Paperback, 652 pages
Published 2009 by De Bezige Bij (first published January 1st 2008)
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Vikas Datta
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A magisterial and incisive sweep through terrorism in all its manifestations across the epochs in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America, chronicling its sordid details and perpetrators but in an extra-ordinarily well-written account that does not overwhelm you. Really shines towards the book's end, assesses the fault lines that lead to its genesis and makes some perceptive though trenchant observations how it can be countered. Some of the latter may - on a superficial level - may seem to be con ...more
I can't, in good conscience, recommend this book as a cultural history of terrorism because, uh, it's not.

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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A potentially interesting subject, rendered useless by Bureleighs inability to imagine that there might ever be any reason why people are attracted to terrorism. His first chapter is about Fenian terrorists in England in the 19th Century, and some of the nasty things they got up to.

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
Ana-Maria Bujor
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Well, I found out stuff, which was my plan for reading this book. I was familiar with some of these phenomena, especially RAF and anarchist terrorism, but I still learned a lot about terrorism. Now, as thick as this book is, it can only treat the subject superficially due to how complex it is. I see it as an introduction before researching one aspect or another. In the case of IRA I really got confused at some point, I had to go back to figure out who was who. So more books needed I guess?
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: geschiedenis
In 2008 schreef Michael Burleigh dit werk over modern terrorisme. Hij schenkt dus geen aandacht aan oudere vormen zoals de Assassijnen of de joodse zeloten. Wel behandelt hij terreur van groepen die streefden/ streven naar zelfbestuur in (Noord-) Ierland, Baskenland en Palestina. Ook extreem-links geweld in 19de eeuws Rusland of recent Duitsland (Rote Armee Fraktion) en Italië (Rode Brigades) passeren de revue. Communistische terreur in heel wat andere landen (België, Nederland, Frankrijk,...) k ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing this now because I don't think this book is ever going to get off the currently-reading shelf. In a time when terrorism is still a major issue, I was hoping to read a good overview into the history of terrorism. I picked up this book knowing nothing about the book (except the back blurb) or the author.

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
Dermot Nolan
Well, as a work of history it is lacking in some respects, namely objectivity and accuracy. Whilst there are some interesting topics covered this book reads as a rant rather than a serious work of history. There are other glaring ommissions like the suggestion that the sixteenth anniversary of Lockerbie was in 1994 and not 2004, whilst this might be a typo it signifies a lack of attention to detail that runs throughout this book.

As a work of culture is fairly bereft of cultural analysis. Instea
Paul Pessolano
“Blood & Rage, A Cultural History of Terrorism” by Michael Burleigh, published by Harper.

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
Luis Cardenas
Una historia cultural del terrorismo no pretende profundizar en las variantes políticas e ideológicas sobres las motivaciones por las cuales los terroristas decidieron tomar el camino armado, por el contrario es una historia biográfica sobre sus protagonistas, sus partidos, y los acontecimientos mas relevantes de las células terroristas que definieron el final del siglo XIX y XX.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been trying to give myself permission to not finish books I'm really not enjoying and this one is an excellent one to start with. I did actually almost finish it, so I think I have a fair idea of what's going on here.

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
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I'd only be interested in a book that tells the truth about terrorism, which is that white supremacist oppression -- a worldwide framework designed to lock masses into oppression -- is what "causes" terrorism. Geez, I can't roll my eyes hard enough at this slop, honestly. I'm sick of white intellectuals and men with money yammering on about the causes of devastation and grief and spiritual bankruptcy. ...more
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Greg van Dyk
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
history of terrorism from 19th century fenians to 21st century religious extremism - fascinating and succint
It's not often that I set aside a book before finishing it and unheard of to review an unfinished book but this is really one to be avoided. I really can't do it justice so I'll quote from a randomly selected page.

"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
After the first chapters - I have to say I´m still disappointed about the way the author treats the subject. Since he´s British the first chapter is about the IRA - but it doesn´t mention once the source of all the terrorist action. Just listing terrorist activities and state´s reprisals is not enough to call the result a cultural history. The whole approach seems rather biased. I have skipped to the chapter on the German RAF - and OK it´s just a few pages and it surely cannot encompass all the ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read chapter 8 which focused on Islamist terrorism as we know it today. I give this part of the book 4 stars. Burleigh does a good job connecting the dots from the historical roots of jihad to the political and religious dimensions from which it has been revitalized today, and the people and organizations involved in its application.
Andrea Pins
Oct 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing read, as the title had so much potential. What little insight I gleaned from this book was in between falling asleep and feeling as if the author was ranting at me in the most condescending tone. For something dubbed a "cultural history" I found it to be lacking both cultural context and accurate historical reference. Boo! ...more
Nov 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An enthralling and infuriating book in equal measure. Burleigh excels when he sticks to pure historical fact, but far too often he lets his right-wing axe-grinding get in the way. As it was, I felt that I may have enjoyed it more if I were a regular reader of the Daily Mail or Daily Telegraph.
Dec 02, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2011
Didn't finish and don't want to. I'm going to give myself credit for reading it as this book was very small font and I got through 201 pages. Way to meticulous and drab of writing. ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Valuable for understanding how the Islamic terrorism that's currently all over the news fits into a larger social and political context. ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I suppose I hoped for more. Disappointing...for me, i.e. maybe not for "you." ...more
Matthew White
The bloodthirsty and deranged, and the cold and calculating - they're all there. Sobering reading, but don't devour too much at once - there's thousands of appalling events described. ...more
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Polemical but well worth reading.
E. Kahn
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get beyond the first couple chapters, gave up on it. This guy seems to think the major problem with Tsarist Russia was that it was too soft on liberals. ...more
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting history of terrorism in the 20th and 21st centuries. Very detailed and somewhat dense, but filled with lots of information. Good analysis of the overall problem at the end.
Manuel Barrios
Interesante repaso para no expertos de la historia del terrorismo durante los siglos XIX y XX. Especialmente pobre, eso sí, el capítulo dedicado al País Vasco
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a profound study that has changed my opinion on some deeply held prejudices - I recommend it but not for the feint hearted
Greg Hacke
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Michael Burleigh is a British author and historian.
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

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