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Definitions, Classifications, and Causes

  • James M. Lutz
  • Brenda J. Lutz


There are a number of key issues for any analysis of terrorism, including a consideration of terrorism in a historical context. First, there has to be a useable definition of terrorism that clearly distinguishes between the practice of terrorism and the presence of terror. Second, categories to separate and distinguish the different groups that practice terrorism—and their objectives—need to be established and refined for the purposes of analysis. Third, some consideration of the potential causes of terrorism is necessary to provide any framework for analysis. It will be important to determine if there are common threads in the historical fabric of terrorism or whether certain periods of time have been characterized by different manifestations of terrorism or different causes.


Target Audience Political Violence Security Force Mass Casualty Dissident Group 
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