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Contemporary Terror: Studies in Sub-State Violence
Contemporary Terror: Studies in Sub-State Violence
Edited by David Carlton and Carlo Schaerf
St. Martin's, 1981, 231 pp.

A bevy of qualified authors, most of whom have written previously on the subject, probe further into the causes, methods and consequences of the terrorist assault on the existing order, from those based on nationalist aspirations (IRA, PLO, Basques, etc.) to those of near-anarchist protest such as the Red Brigades and the Baader-Meinhof gang. They recognize, and discuss wisely, the dilemmas of trying to reduce the vulnerability of free societies without weakening the institutions which make them free.