Bibliography of Terrorism Theses
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One would think that in the age of electronic data retrieval the compilation and publication of a bibliography like the present one is out of date. Everyone in possession of a network computer ...
One would think that in the age of electronic data retrieval the compilation and publication of a bibliography like the present one is out of date. Everyone in possession of a network computer accessing the World Wide Web through the Internet can, after all, directly reach into the catalogues of the great libraries of the academic world and produce within hours if not minutes a tailor-made bibliography for his or her own special research purposes. The same take would take days if not weeks for the human bibliographer working without powerful eclectic search engines. However, bibliographic search engines can only assist and supplement human judgement as to what is likely to be a worthwhile title and what is not.
This is especially true for unpublished "grey" literature that does not appear in Books in Print - type compilations. Academic Masters Theses are rarely published and even most PhD Theses never make it into the commercial market. This special bibliography on "Academic These on Terrorism and Related Forms of Violence", containing nearly 800 titles, is therefore particularly welcome and fills a void. I was pleased to learn that it took the structure of my own bibliography on terrorism as framework to fit in the titles since this adds to cumulativeness and comparability in the field. Scanning through the titles makes one realizes that many of the seminal turns in the study of terrorism were initiated - or are at least reflected - in the choice of topics of these young scholars. There is also a university index at the end which indicates to the user which universities devote most attention to the study of terrorism and political violence. For both students and experts of terrorism this bibliography offers a door to a wealth of knowledge which will - as things now stand - be bitterly needed for years to come.
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