The literary turn in Terrorism Studies

Authored by: Richard Jackson

The Routledge History of Terrorism

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415535779
eBook ISBN: 9781315719061
Adobe ISBN: 9781317514879


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It is fair to argue that, notwithstanding the Reagan administration’s first “war on terrorism” in the 1980s and the rise of so-called “new terrorism” in the 1990s, without the events of September 11, 2001, terrorism studies would likely have remained a fairly small though not necessarily unimportant field of study within the academy. The terrorist attacks were the impetus to a period of unprecedented growth in terrorism-related research, leading to what one observer has called “a golden age” of terrorism studies. 1 A study in 2006 noted that 14,006 articles about terrorism had been published between 1971 and 2002, with fifty-four percent of the articles published in 2001 and 2002. 2 Another study found that 2,281 non-fiction books with the term terrorism in the title had been published between September 2001 and June 2008; in comparison, only 1,310 such books had been published in the entire period prior to 2001. 3

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