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In a major new series, journalist Fergal Keane uncovers the roots of modern terrorism, from the horrors of the French Revolution through the age of the great anarchist scare to the scourge of hijacking and the latest developments in counter-terrorism. In the second series which starts airing in November 2014, Fergal continues his investigation with 10 new episodes on modern terrorism running up to the events of September 2001 and their aftermath.

CSTPV's Richard English, Tim Wilson, Gilbert Ramsay and Louise Richardson have all contributed to this landmark series.

Series 2 transmission: BBC Radio 4, Mon-Fri from 24th November 2014 at 13.45

Original transmission: BBC Radio 4, Mon-Fri from 7th October 2013 at 13.45 with an omnibus edition on Fridays at 21.00.

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Since September 11th 2001 the threat of terrorism has driven enormous political and legal change, violently impacting on the lives of millions of people around the world. But how did we get here, how did terrorism turn into such a powerful force in world affairs?

One of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents brings a new history of terrorism to Radio Four this autumn. Fergal Keane will be drawing on decades of experience reporting on political violence in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Africa and Sri Lanka to tell the story of terror.

Former terrorists, their victims and the security services that confront them will be revealing the personal experiences that give a fresh perspective on some of the most vicious conflicts in world history. Experts from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews University add the political and historical context to help us understand and combat the phenomenon of terrorism.

Starting in Paris with the involvement of the British government in a terror plot against Napoleon Fergal will be telling the story of the Irish bombing campaign in Victorian London and unveiling the anarchists and nihilists who felled the crowned heads of Europe.

A bomber and a victim debate the rights and wrongs of the liberation struggle in Algeria, Fergal explores the legacy of the Baader-Meinhof gang in Germany and ETA in Spain and goes in search of Carlos the Jackal. He discovers how Edward Heath’s government responded to Britain’s first experience of international hi-jacking, discusses the reputation of Mossad as the ruthless masters of counter-terrorism and talks to Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s chief of staff about the resolution of terrorist conflict.
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