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Ashford, S. (2012) Terrorism. In: Chadwick, R., (ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Elsevier, pp. 334-342.

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Terrorism is a concept that dates from the French Revolution. Terrorism is defined as a destructive method of political action which uses violence to cause fear for political ends. While some political goals may be achieved only through the use of terrorism, terrorists often kill or injure noncombatants or the innocent in order to maximize terror and to seek widespread publicity for their actions. Contemporary terrorism is often conceived in terms of war. While terrorism may be perpetrated by individuals against a state, states can enact policies of terrorism against their own citizens or subjects of another nation or country.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
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