Terrorism, the systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby bring about a particular political objective. Terrorism has been practiced by political organisations with both rightest and leftest objectives, by nationalistic and religious groups, by revolutionaries, and even by state institutions, such as armies, intelligence services, and police.

Did you know? The word terrorism was first used during the French Revolution, which began in 1789.

Jenkins, J.P., 2015, 'Terrorism' in Britannica Online

"Terrorism is a global threat with global effects ... By its very nature, terrorism is an assault on the fundamental principles of law, order, human rights, and the peaceful settlement of disputes upon which the United Nations is established.'

Annan, K, 2002, 'The United Nations and terrorism: an overview' in UN Action Against Terrorism, Mason Crest Publishers, Philadelphia, p.9

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The Library pathfinder Man's inhumanity to man, particularly the pages on Post 1945 conflict may have additional resources you can use.


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  • Britannica Online *You will need your user name and password to use these resources.Britannica online

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September 11 Attacks

The September 11 attacks, also called the 9/11 attacks, were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed by 19 militants associated with extremest group Al-Qaeda, against targets in the United States.

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  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Pictorial works
  • Terrorism -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works
  • War on Terrorism, 2001
  • World Trade Centre Bombing, New York, N.Y., 2001

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Bali Bombing

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  • Patra, Kim A, 2007, In the arms of the angels, Saritaksu, Kuta Kuta, Indonesia. The story of a medical volunteer who recounts the first few days after the Bali Bombing

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  • Bali remembered from The Age. Contains many links to the event as and when it happened, and the immediate aftermath.


Other resources on terrorism

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  • Dornstein, Ken, 2006, The Boy who fell out of the sky: a true story, Sceptre, London. This is the story of David Dornstein who was one of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing over Scotland.


  • Robertson, Geoffrey, 2002, 'Terrorism: 11 September and beyond', in Crimes against humanity: the struggle for global justice, 2nd edn. Penguin Books, London, pp. 473-516

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  • Mumbai terror attacks. A list of terroism attacks on Mumbai, India; including those that occurred in November 2008. From the Guardian newspaper