Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups
by Stephen E. Atkins
May 2004, 432pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-32485-7
$91, £68, 76€, A130
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Gives a succinct and objective overview of 290 of the most significant extremists and extremist groups active over the past 50 years.

This fascinating compilation gives a succinct and objective overview of the most significant worldwide extremists and extremist groups in operation over the past 50 years. 290 alphabetically organized entries detail the notorious history, activities, and beliefs of these shadowy and often violent extremists.

Extremism has taken root and grown the world over. These 290 alphabetically organized entries detail the notorious and often violent history, activities, and beliefs of the most active and influential extremists and extremist groups in operation around the globe. Atkins highlights the dark truth that people of all ideologies, religions, regions, and races share a readiness for violence. This will be a very useful guide to students and scholars looking for a quick and easy- to-use guide to those groups and persons whose acts have unfortunately dominated headlines over the past several decades.

Well over three-quarter of the book’s entries focus on extremist activity since 1980, with many entries providing historical perspectives that add a fullness of information found nowhere else. As a companion to the lauded Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremists Groups, this work contains a wealth of information not found together anywhere else on groups and people such as English Neo-Nazis, Argentinean death squads, American ecoterrorists, Hindu xenophobes, and Japanese cults.

Awards

Reference Reviews Best Print Reference Source 2004 New York Public Library Best , January 1, 2004

Reviews

"[A]tkins provides a comprehensive overview of the most significant worldwide extremists and extremist groups over the past half century. He skillfully interweaves the infamous and obscure, focusing on politically significant groups, individuals, and events. . . . Recommended. All libraries."—Choice, November 1, 2004

"A distinguished work in its developing genre, intelligent and honest, amply meriting inclusion in all academic, reference and media libraries."—Reference Reviews, 00/00/00

"Anyone who questions the nature and extent of modern terrorism and other forms of extremism need only look at this one-volume encyclopedia to have their doubts quelled. Its comprehensive coverage takes readers to all of the populated continents and to both extremes of the political spectrum. . . . The encyclopedia is a good resource for courses in international relations, political science, world history, and for those with an interest in current affairs. Recommended."—Library Media Connection, 00/00/00

"[S]erves as an important companion to the author's Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups (Greenwood, 2002). A valuable resource for students needing concise histories of particular groups or individuals."—School Library Journal, 00/00/00

"This work complements the author's valuable Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups (Greenwood 2002). . . . [A]ccurate, clearly written. . . . Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups shows the value of examining the global scourge in a single volume."—Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin, 00/00/00
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