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Cinematic Terror

Cinematic Terror: A Global History of Terrorism on Film

by Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of history, film and propaganda. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501300363
  • ISBN:
    9781441107084 (hardback)

    9781441196200 (paperback)

    9781441158093 (epub)

    9781441193155 (epdf)

    9781501300363 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Cinematic Terror
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Film and terrorism go back a long way. The very birth of cinema in the 1890s coincided with an early golden age of terrorism, as bomb-throwing anarchists and nationalists captured headlines in countries as far apart as France and India.

Cinematic Terror provides the first history of cinema’s depiction of terrorism from the early 1900s to the present day. It looks at how cinema has been the site of conflict between filmmakers and terrorists for over a century and identifies important trends in the ways that film industries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have framed terrorism. From the birth of moving pictures to the internet age, the author explains how filmmakers from around the world have depicted terrorists, have made money and propaganda out of terrorism, and have died at the hands of terrorists. Professor Shaw shows that for over a century, cinema has had a profound impact on peoples’ understanding of terrorism.