A History of Violence and the Myth of American Exceptionalism.

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  • Author(s): Varon, Jeremy
  • Source:
    Journal of American History. Jun2011, Vol. 98 Issue 1, p121-124. 4p.
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    • Abstract:
      The article responds to the essay "Terrorism and the American Experience: A State of the Field," by Beverly Gage, which appeared elsewhere in the issue. It focuses on the historical analysis of terrorism, commenting on Gage's studies on the historiography of terrorism. The author considers the history of domestic political violence in the U.S., particularly reflecting on his research on violence during the 1960s. The author also examines definitions of terrorism and the work of terrorism researcher Bruce Hoffman.