In 1991, the Cold War came to an end. The United States was, for the first time in its history, unrivaled. Over the next two decades, America would contend with new threats entirely different from the nation-state antagonists of the last century. Terrorism had a profound effect on the country throughout this period. During this time, the American intellectual debate was in continuous flux, as traditional ideological boundaries melted away, and many prominent figures wandered among various intellectual camps. During three distinct periods -- 1991-2001, 2001-2003, 2003-2011 -- the absence or presence of terrorist attacks, the identity of the perpetrators, and the scale and aim of the assaults and government response all had a tremendous bearing on the priorities of American intellectuals. Indeed, the discussions that terrorism helped generate or refine often went on to transcend the subject confines of pure terrorism or counterterrorism. Over two decades, the Cold War intellectual structure had been substantively altered, with former partners now foes, and new alliances constructed.
Table of Contents
The Historiography of Terrorism Studies
Part One: "The End of History"
- I. The United States and the Post-Cold War World: 1991-1993
- II. The Domestic Turn: Oklahoma City in Context: 1992-1995
- III. Al-Qaeda Comes to America: 1993-1998
- IV. America Responds: Intellectuals and the Reaction to the Rise of Osama bin Laden: 1998-2001
Part Two: The "Clash of Civilizations"
- I. The 9/11 Reaction and the Invasion of Afghanistan: Fall 2001 through Spring 2002
- II. Columbia Answers the Call: The Invasion of Afghanistan (Fall 2001) and the Question of Iraq
- III. The Invasion of Iraq: March-May, 2003
Part Three: War, Security, and the Revolt Against Multiculturalism
- I. The Iraq War: 2003-2011
- II. Intellectuals and American Counterterrorism Efforts: 2003-2011
- III. Islam and the West: 2004-2011
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