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The Age of Terror: Terrorism from 1945 - Present


Value: two units


Dr. Akil Awan


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars and supervisions of dissertation through a series of 1-to-1 meetings


Taught unit: Oral Assessment (10%); Best 2 Essays out of 4 (20%) and 3-hour Exam (70%); dissertation unit: 10,000-word dissertation (100%) 

NB This course is NOT available to students who have previously taken the Group 2 unit: HS2298 A History of Terrorism due to course crossover.

Terrorism has become one of the most pervasive and defining features of the second half of the 20th and now 21st Century. Indeed terrorism has transcended time and space and has been employed across a range of historic and geographic contexts by a range of actors, from lone-individuals to anti-colonial revolutionary organisations, and from fundamentalist religious groups to liberal democratic states. The course aims to examine the underlying reasons for the ascendancy of this form of political violence and the immense challenges it has posed to state and society throughout this period. The course adopts a comparative thematic approach examining various manifestations of terrorism including: anti-colonial terror in the post WWII period; the pervasive Red Terror’ of the 1970s; terrorism employed by ethno-nationalist and separatist groups; religious terrorism in various traditions; the state’s employment of terrorism; new-age terrorism; and of course the latest incarnation – al-Qaeda and the global Jihadists. This comparative approach employs various case studies to examine ubiquitous themes including power, identity, politics, society, the state and religion, all vis-a-vis terrorism, and deploys a diverse range of primary source material (both textual and audio-visual) to interrogate these themes. 


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