A History of Terrorism
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Analyse the nature of terrorism in the modern period of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- Apply key scholarly and historiographical concepts related to an understanding of modern terrorism in assessment tasks.
- Interpret relevant primary sources and secondary materials relevant to the history of terrorism.
- Construct evidence-based arguments about the history of terrorism in written and oral, visual or digital forms.
- French Revolutionary Terror
- Nineteenth century Russia
- Fin de siècle Terror
- Red Terror: the Soviet Union
- Fascist Terror: Nazi Germany
- Ideological Terror 1960s-1970s
- Nationalism and Terror
- Islamist terror
- Far Right Terror
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units)
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Few issues demand as much attention, in the military, political, and media spheres, as terrorist attacks. Each new attack unleashes a torrent of questions: how can attacks be prevented, who is responsible? Since the French Revolution terrorism has shadowed the unfolding of the modern world. Developing political and economic systems have generated violent reactions; regimes have resorted to terror as instruments of suppression and control. Terrorists have struck in the name of nationalism, religion and anarchy. In this course, we will examine terrorism historically as a form of insurgency that allowed violent extremists a low-cost route to political influence. We will address the historic evolution of terrorism since the nineteenth century, and government's efforts to counteract it. The modern world cannot be understood without exploring the nature of terrorism, and the unit will examine manifestations of terrorism in western and non-western contexts, from the Jacobins to Islamic State.
- Historiography Assignment (25%)
- Presentation (15%)
- Research Essay (40%)
- Weekly participation (20%)