Ordinary Terrorism in Historical Perspective by ProQuest


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									Ordinary Terrorism in Historical Perspective
    ■ Martin A. Miller, Duke University

    First the terrorism path has to be accepted as ours, even—or even precisely
    because—it is critically rejected.
                                                                                                   —Slavoj Zizek

I. Conceptualizing Terrorism

Terrorism is a historically contextualized phenomenon characterized by the
violent combat between governments and societies over unresolved political
issues. The combat produces situations in which the consequences of the
violence, which is conducted either from above in the form of a variety of
authoritarian regimes (vs. society) or from below directed by insurgencies
(vs. the state), become a dominating factor in the daily functioning of social
and political life. The phenomenon is sustained by the dynamic interaction of
the combatants an
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