Richard English

The Consequences of Terrorism

Does Terrorism Work? Amid the growing debate about the efficacy of terrorism, what does an historian's perspective tell us about the consequences of terrorism? Richard English's study Does Terrorism Work: A History considers the analytical obstacles in the way of answering this crucial question; it then offers a systematic,  historically-based framework against which to assess four detailed case studies (al-Qaida, the Provisional IRA, Hamas, ETA); its conclusion also offers a wide-angled reading of many terrorist groups and their effects.  

The University of Chicago