17N's Philosophy of Terror
An Analysis of the 17 November Revolutionary Organization
by Ioanna K. Lekea
February 2014, 214pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38140-9
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The urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Organization 17 November—also known as 17N—assassinated nearly two dozen individuals.

This book uses a cross-disciplinary approach to examine the creation, development, ideology, and practice of the Marxist terrorist group 17N.

Were the members of 17N individuals with high moral principles, as they claimed, who did their best to protect the civilians who happened to be within their field of operations? Or were they simply violent guerillas who prioritized successful assassinations of their targets at any cost? The textual analysis of this book addresses these questions and studies 17N from inception to the time when its members were arrested, providing a uniquely thorough examination of the organization manifestos and its correlation to the group’s ideology and actual practices.

17N’s Philosophy of Terror: An Analysis of the 17 November Revolutionary Organization first outlines the political and ideological framework of 17Ν and then describes their terrorist strategy and tactics. The authors consider these operations in the context of the manifestos that followed the terrorist acts, and conclude the work by addressing the events following the apprehension of 17N members—the trial, the verdicts, the appeal trial, and the conclusion of appeal trial.


  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the organization's manifestos and how they correlated with 17N's ideology and the practices the group used
  • Analyzes whether 17N had moral and ethical principle rules as a group or were little more than an outspoken group of criminals
  • Supplies three appendixes: 17N operations and their results in chronological order; 17N manifestos in chronological and thematic order; and 17N arrest milestones
Ioanna K. Lekea, PhD, is lecturer with the Hellenic Air Force Academy, Greece. Her published works include Terrorism: The New World Disorder and Humanitarian Intervention as a Pre-emptive Military Action. Lekea received a doctorate in military ethics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Technical University of Athens.

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