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Fear and trembling: Terrorism in three religious traditions: David C. Rapoport


In 1933 The Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences published fascinating, useful articles on assassination (Lerner) and terrorism (Hardman), which ended on a strange note, namely that the phenomena, which had reached an exceptionally high point at the turn of the century, were declining so much that the subjects would remain interesting only to antiquarians. Future events would be determined by classes and masses, because modern technology had made our world so complex that we had become increasingly invulnerable to determined actions by individuals or small groups. Terrorist activity became extensive again after World War II, not in Europe and America, as was the case earlier, but in western colonial territories, particularly in the Palestine Mandate, Cyprus, Malaya, Kenya, Vietnam, and Algeria. But the second edition of the Encyclopedia, which was published in 1968, ignored both subjects; perhaps the editors believed the prophecies in the earlier edition!