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Political Murder

From Tyrannicide to Terrorism

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$48.50 • £38.95 • €43.50

ISBN 9780674686366

Publication Date: 01/01/1987



  • Introduction
  • Part One: The Lessons of Antiquity
    • 1. Jehovah’s Children and His Enemies
      • The Bible as Source
      • In the Days of the Judges
      • The Life and Times of Joab
      • Division and Fall of the Monarchy
      • Governance under the Lord
    • 2. The Greeks
      • Darkness and Light in Hellas
      • The Strange Case of Athens
      • Colonial Tyrants: Phalaris of Acragas
      • Dionysius and Dion of Syracuse
      • Tyrannies North and East
      • The Macedonia Adventure
      • The Birth of Tyrannicide Theory
    • 3. Rome
      • A Republic of Laws
      • The Gracchi
      • Pompey, Caesar, Cicero
      • The Empire as Epilogue
      • What the Romans Showed
    • 4. Other Peoples, Other Lands
      • Reports from the Neighbors
      • Rival Powers
      • Greater Asia: The Sins of Devadatta
      • Continents Known and Unknown
    • 5. Zealots, Barbarians, and Assassins
      • A Time of Transition
      • Palestine and the Roman Imperium
      • German Invaders and Their Ways
      • Islam: Victories and Divisions
      • Ismailis and the Hashishiyyin
  • Part Two: The European Centuries
    • 6. The High Middle Ages
      • Causes and Limits of Change
      • Kings, Lords, and Churchmen
      • Murder at Canterbury
      • Some Early Christian Views
      • Two Schoolmen on Tyrannicide
    • 7. A New Age of Princes
      • English Dynasts
      • Fifteenth-Century France
      • Renaissance Italy
      • From Polemics to Analysis: Guicciardini
      • Machiavelli
    • 8. Religious Warfare and Reason of State
      • A Century of Bloodshed
      • The Monarchomachs
      • Coligny and William the Silent
      • The Queen in Danger?
      • Henry of Navarre
      • Wallenstein
      • Trial and Punishment
    • 9. The Early Modern Interlude
      • The Dog That Did Not Bark in the Night
      • Signs of Revulsion
      • Some Likely Victims Spared
      • Remnants of Violence
      • The Eighteenth Century
      • Revolution in France
      • The End of the Remission
    • 10. The Nineteenth Century
      • An Old, but Widening Stage
      • The Kotzebue Killing
      • Orsini in Paris, 1858
      • The Tsar and “The People’s Will”
      • Phoenix Park
  • Part Three: The Modern World
    • 11. Civilization in the Balance
      • Before 1914
      • The First World War
      • Russian Shambles
      • The “Terrible Twenties”: Two Ends of Europe
      • Weimar Germany
      • The 1930s: Terror and the State
      • The Thirties: Russia and Germany
    • 12. World War II and After
      • Some Noteworthy Victims
      • Heydrich, Darlan, and the Resistance
      • “The Führer Must Go!”
      • Settling Accounts
      • Different Battles on Changing Lines
    • 13. Recent Times
      • Mass and Location
      • Independence and Nationhood
      • The New Nihilists
      • Historic Targets: Schleyer, Moro, and the Pope
      • Post-Colonial Crises
      • Africa Enters the Arena
      • The Middle East
    • 14. The Americas: Latin, British, and French
      • Where Does the “New World” Fit?
      • “English Islands”
      • Canada—and Quebec
    • 15. The United States
      • “Conceived and Born in Violence”?
      • The Watershed of the Civil War
      • Madmen or Zealots?
      • Centers of Controversy: Weiss, Oswald, and Ray
      • Official Connections
  • Conclusion: Looking Backward and Forward
  • Notes
  • Index

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