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Four Waves of Modern Terrorism

by David C. Rapoport, Department of Political Science, UCLA

The essay is a structured history or modern terror from 1879. We have experienced four waves, the Anarchist, Anti-Colonial, New Left, and Religious Each completed wave lasted a generation and was characterized by a different energy creating distinctive purposes and tactics. The fourth wave began in 1979; will it follow the sequence of its three predecessors?

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