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Staff books include:

Cain 2009 Descended from Darwin

New Paper: The Science of Destruction:

11 February 2014

Terrorism and Technology in the Nineteenth Century, by Simon Werrett

This essay, appearing in the Oxford Handbooks Online series, surveys the evolution of weapons used by terrorists between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries, ranging from the diabolical contraptions of “infernal machines” to dynamite, the terrorist’s favorite explosive, invented by Alfred Nobel in the 1860s. The chapter also explores the ingenuity of terror. While anarchists and revolutionaries who used explosive chemicals are often represented as merely consumers of the latest scientific creations, the chapter argues that in fact these communities showed considerable ingenuity in devising new weapons. The essay will appear in print next year in the Oxford Handbook on the History of Terrorism.

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