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Terrorism in Western Europe
Explaining the Trends Since 1950
This important book examines why terrorism prevails in the otherwise stable and advanced democracies of Western Europe and why some countries have been more severely hit than others. Whilst Western Europe today seems relatively peaceful, some countries in this region have, in fact, experienced significantly high levels of terrorism for decades. Moreover, the threat has not only come from international terrorists operating in Europe but as a result of internal conflicts which have produced terrorist campaigns conducted by groups originating in the countries themselves. The author maps the trends in internal terrorism in eighteen Western European countries since 1950 and explains those trends, both from a theoretical and empirical perspective. It uses a unique data set called TWEED, which covers around 9000 terrorist attacks and records the activities of about 200 terrorist groups over the post-war period.
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"'Jan Oskar Engene's book on terrorism in Western Europe is an analytical tour de force that supplies badly needed macro-political dimension to comparing Western European system with regard to terrorism in the years from 1950 to 1995. Based mainly on events data and casualty figuresit is impeccably reasoned and carried out with panache.' - Peter H. Merkl, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, US; 'Since "9-11" terrorism has become a hot topic. In Western Europe it has been simmering for a long time and invites therefore, indeed necessitates, wide-ranging comparative study based on solid empirical evidence collected over time. In this book Jan Oskar Engene has done exactly that. He generates valuable event data and investigates patterns of terrorism throughout Western Europe between 1950 to 1995. Through empirical analysis he also offers an explanation for why some Western European countries are more subject to terrorism than others. His view that terrorist acts are directed not simply against the state but also as a means of communication to the terrorists' audience of supporters and sympathisers is insightful.' - Rosemary H. T. O'Kane, University of Keele, UK"