Title

An Analytical History of Terrorism, 1945–2000

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Public Choice

Volume

128

Publication Date

2006

First Page

7

Last Page

39

Abstract

This paper traces the history of modern terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It divides that history into three stylized waves: terrorism in the service of national liberation and ethnic separatism, left-wing terrorism, and Islamist terrorism. Adopting a constitutional political economy perspective, the paper argues that terrorism is rooted in the artificial nation-states created during the interwar period and suggests solutions grounded in liberal federalist constitutions and, perhaps, new political maps for the Middle East, Central Asia and other contemporary terrorist homelands.

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