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Killing Strangers: How Political Violence Became Modern

T. K. Wilson


A bewildering feature of so much contemporary political violence is its stunning impersonality. Every major city centre becomes a potential shooting gallery; and every metro system a potential bomb alley. Victims just happen, as the saying goes, to ‘be in the wrong place at the wrong time’. Killing Strangers tackles the question of how such violence became ‘unchained’ from inter-personal relationships. It traces the rise of such impersonal violence by examining violence in conjunction with changing social and political realities across Western Europe and North America since the late eighteenth ... More

Keywords: History of terrorism, terrorism, political violence, morphology of violence, assassination, sabotage, mass casualty terrorism, hostage taking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198863502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198863502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. K. Wilson, author
Director, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews