© 2011

Ulrike Meinhof and the Red Army Faction

Performing Terrorism

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Leith Passmore
    Pages 1-12
  3. Leith Passmore
    Pages 13-31
  4. Leith Passmore
    Pages 33-60
  5. Leith Passmore
    Pages 61-82
  6. Leith Passmore
    Pages 83-102
  7. Leith Passmore
    Pages 103-117
  8. Leith Passmore
    Pages 119-126
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 127-212

About this book


With a communicative approach to the phenomenon of terrorism and new archival sources, the book documents Meinhof's journalism and terrorism (1959-1976) and challenges many of the established narratives that have calcified around the story of Meinhof and the history of Germany's most infamous terrorist group.


Germany history terrorism

About the authors

LEITH PASSMORE holds a doctorate in History and German Studies from the University of Western Australia and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Universidad de Chile.

Bibliographic information


'Passmore has produced a lively, thought-provoking, and accessible work that uses the life of Ulrike Meinhof and her role as chief writer and propagandist of the Red Army Faction (RAF) to fruitfully explore the concept of terrorism as a theatrical, communicative act. Recommended.' CHOICE

"Passmore's study contributes to a nuanced understanding of the communicative strategies deployed by the RAF in its discursive struggle against the Federal Republic." - German History