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date: 24 May 2020


A Dictionary of Human Geography

Alisdair Rogers,

Noel Castree,

Rob Kitchin

A premeditated act of violence and intimidation directed against civilians and intended to achieve clear political aims. Beyond this simple definition, there is much dispute over what terrorism actually means. Most official or government definitions restrict terrorism to organized non-state actors such as insurgents and revolutionaries. Critical scholars, however, suggest that states also use terrorist methods and tactics. This is certainly true from an historical perspective. Stalin’s Great Terror in 1930s USSR was designed to achieve mass repression, for example (... ...

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