Literature on Right-wing and Vigilante Terrorism

Literature on Right-wing and Vigilante Terrorism

by Eric Price

Monographs, Edited Volumes, Non-conventional Literature and Prime Articles published since 1968

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Akers Chacón, J. (2006) No one is illegal: fighting violence and state repression on the U.S.-Mexico border Chicago, Ill.: Haymarket Books


Alaric. (1970) The American vigilante Boston, Branden Press

Baldasty, G. J. (2005) Vigilante newspapers: a tale of sex, religion, and murder in the Northwest Seattle: University of Washington Press


Bauhn, P. (1989) Ethical aspects of political terrorism: the sacrificing of the innocent  [thesis] Lunds universitet: Lund University Press


von Benda-Beckmann, K. & Pirie, F. (eds.) (2007) Order and disorder: anthropological perspectives New York: Berghahn Books


Benedek, W. (et al.) (eds) (2010) Transnational terrorism, organized crime and peace-building: human security in the Western Balkans New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Bjørgo, T. (ed.) (2005) Root causes of terrorism: myths, reality, and ways forward London; New York: Routledge


Bjørgo, T. (ed.) (1995) Terror from the extreme right London; Portland, Or.: Frank Cass


Braunthal, G. (2009) Right-wing extremism in contemporary Germany  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan

Bronner, S. E. (2005) Blood in the sand: imperial fantasies, right-wing ambitions, and the erosion of American democracy Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky


Budiansky, S. (2008) The bloody shirt: terror after Appomattox New York: Viking


Burrows. W.E. (1976) Vigilante! New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Calman, A.S. (ed.) (2002) Vigilantes and unauthorized militia in America Hauppauge, N.Y.: Novinka Books

Cannell, S. J. (2011) Vigilante New York: St. Martin's Press

Crider, B. (1999) Texas vigilante New York: Dell

Cromer, G. (2001) Narratives of violence Aldershot, Hants, UK; Burlington, VT.: Ashgate, Dartmouth

Dakin, G. (2009) The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance New York: Egmont

Doty, R. L. (2009) The law into their own hands: immigration and the politics of exceptionalism Tucson: University of Arizona Press


 Dougherty, J. E. (2004) Illegals: the imminent threat posed by our unsecured U.S.-Mexico border Nashville: WND Book


Ellis, D. (2011) Breach of trust New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Ganser, D. (2005) NATO's secret armies: operation Gladio and terrorism in Western Europe London ; New York: Frank Cass


Garrett, G. (2005) Holy superheroes! Exploring faith & spirituality in comic books Colorado Springs, Co.: Piñon Press


Gilder, G. (2009) The Israel Test Minneapolis, MN.: Richard Vigilante Books, Inc.

Graham-Bertolini, A. (2011) Vigilante women in contemporary American fiction New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Graney, D. W. (2010) Rogue institution: vigilante injustice, lawlessness, and disorder at the Air Force Academy Tucson, AZ.: Wheatmark

Gruver, M. (2011) Raider's heart Uhrichsville, OH.: Barbour Pub.


Haysom, N. (1986) Mabangalala: the rise of right-wing vigilantes in South Africa London: Catholic Institute for International Relations

Hoffler, J. W. (2008) Promotion denied: the harrowing true story of racism, betrayal, and vigilante justice at the United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colo.: Hertford Free Press

Ismael, A.Y. &  Rippin, A. (eds.( (2010) Islam in the eyes of the West: images and realities in an age of terror London; New York: Routledge

Jonas, K. (1994) Season of the vigilante  Pocatello, Idaho: Landmark Pub.

Kellner, D. (2008) Guys and guns amok: domestic terrorism and school shootings from the Oklahoma City bombing to the Virginia Tech massacre Boulder, CO.: Paradigm Publishers [*]

Langford, N. P. (1996) Vigilante days and ways  Helena, MT.: American & World Geographic Pub.

Legg, J. (1993) Vigilante Coffin New York: Zebra Books

Levin, J. (2006) Domestic terrorism New York: Chelsea House


Linzer, L. (1997) Vigilante justice! Militias and "common law courts" wage war against the government New York: Anti-Defamation League

Livingstone, D. (2007) Terrorism and the Illuminati: a three thousand year history Charleston: Booksurg LLE


Mammone, M. (et al.) (eds.) (2012) Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe Routledge


Marcovitz, H. (2002) The Oklahoma City bombing Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers

Michael, G. (2003) Confronting Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA New York: Routledge


Michael, G. (2006) The enemy of my enemy: the alarming convergence of militant Islam and the extreme right Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas


Miklowitz, G. D. (1998) The Emerson High vigilantes New York: Delacorte Press

Nichols, J. D. (1997) Freedom's end: conspiracy in Oklahoma  Decker, Mich.: Freedom's End

Porter, B. (1987) The origins of the vigilante state: the London Metropolitan Police Special Branch before the First World War London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson

Roberts, J. R. (1993) Vigilante hunt New York: Jove Books

Roberts, J. R. (1998) Vigilante justice New York: Jove Books

Rosenbaum, J.H. (et al.) (eds.) (1976) Vigilante politics Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press

Ross, A. & Ross, K. (eds.) (2004) Anti-Americanism New York : New York University Press


Santoro, V. (1981) Vigilante handbook Cornville, Ariz.: Desert Publications

Smith, D. J. (2007) A culture of corruption: everyday deception and popular discontent in Nigeria Princeton: Princeton University Press


Snow, R. L. (2002) Terrorists among us: the militia threat Reading, Mass.: Oxford: Perseus


Sollie, H. & Weger, M. (2011) Crossing to the dark side: een verkenning naar extremisme en terrorisme vanuit krijgsmacht en politie Nederlandse Defensie Academie: Faculteit Militaire Wetenschappen

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Sonder, B. (2000) The militia movement: fighters of the far right New York: F. Watts


Sullivan, C. J. (2008) Wild tales from the police blotter Guilford, Ct.: Lyons Press


Tucker, W. (1985) Vigilante, the backlash against crime in America New York: Stein and Day

Waters, T. (2007) When killing is a crime Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers


Wildmon, D. (2009) Speechless: silencing the Christians Minneapolis, MN.: Richard Vigilante Books, Inc.

Willingham, B. (1995) The vigilante viscount New York: Zebra Books

Yon, M. (2010) Iraq: inside the inferno, 2005-2008 Minneapolis, MN.: Richard Vigilante Books

Yungher, N. I. (2008) Terrorism: the bottom line Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall



Non-conventional Literature

Anspaha, K. (2008) The Integration of Islam in Europe: Preventing the radicalization

of Muslim diasporas and counterterrorism policy  University of Latvia 


Boswell, L. (2005) Right-Wing Extremism in Frontier Regions: The French

National Front and the Crisis of Alsatian Identity University of Wisconsin


Brenner, S. (1990) Keeping Right: The Growth, Development, and Endurance of “Americanist” Organizations in the Era of Modern American Conservatism [thesis] Brown University


Bugiel, B. (1999) [German] Rechtsextremismus Jugendlicher in der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik und in der neuen Bundesländern von 1982 bis 1998 [thesis] Universität Hamburg

Dudai, R. (2001) Free rein: vigilante settlers and Israel's non-enforcement of the law Jerusalem: B'Tselem


EUROPOL (2011) EU Terrorism Situation and Trends Report  


Ganji, B. (2005) Civil-military relations, state strategies & presidential elections in Iran

Camberley, Surrey: Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Conflict Studies Research Centre


Campbell, D. (2008) Terrorism in the World Miami Initiative for Global Enrichment


Engene, J.O. (2011) The Extreme Right in West European Terrorism University of Bergen


European Commission (2008) Radicalisation Processes Leading to Acts of Terrorism


Glet, A. (2009) The German Hate Crime Concept: An Account of the Classification and Registration of Bias-Motivated Offences and the Implementation of the Hate Crime Model Into Germany's Law Enforcement System Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law: Germany


Guilmartin, E. K. (2003) An Empirical Analysis of Right Wing Domestic Terrorism in the United States (1995-2001) [thesis] Stanford University


Hoffman, B. (1984) Right-wing terrorism in Europe since 1980 Santa Monica, CA.: Rand Corp.


Homewood, C.J. (2008) From Baader to Prada The Representation of Urban Terrorism in German-Language Film [thesis] University of Leeds


Instituut voor Veiligheids-en Crisismagement - COT (2007) Lone-Wolf Terrorism


Lagerlöf, D. (et al.) (2011) The Anti-Muslim Environment Expo Research: Stockholm


Lydon, D. (2003) The Mafia, The Triads and the IRA: A Study of Criminal and Political Secret Societies [thesis] Nottingham Trent University, U.K.


Mareš, M. (2006) Transnational Networks of Extreme Right Parties in East

Central Europe: Stimuli and Limits of Cross-Border Cooperation Masaryk University:

Brno []

Marret, J-L- & Clavaud, E. (2011) Oslo terrorists attack: Analysis, consequences and lessons learned Johns Hopkins University


Pearlstein, R.M. (2006) Fatal Future? Transnational Terrorism and the New Global Disorder University of Texas Press


Rydgren, J. (2002) Political protest and ethno-nationalist mobilization: the case of the French Front National [thesis] Stockholm University


Scatamburlo-D’Annibale, V.  (2011) Cold Breezes and Idiot Winds Patriotic Correctness and the Post-9/11 Assault on Academe


Schiffer, S. (2011) Oslo’s Massacre and the Crisis of Islamphobes in Europe Institut für Medienverantwortung []

Sheffield, J. (2011) “Bye-Bye Fascists”: A Critical Analysis of the English Defence League [thesis] Birmingham City University, U.K.


Simcox, R. (et al.) (2010) Islamist Terrorism: the British Connections The Centre for Social Cohesion: London


Smith, B.L. (et al.) (2006) Pre-Incident Indicators of Terrorist Incidents: The Identification of Behavioral, Geographic, and Temporal Patterns of Preparatory Conduct University of Arkansas []

Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project (2009) Terror from the right: 75 plots, conspiracies and racist rampages since Oklahoma City Montgomery, AL: The Center


Sutton, M. & Wright, C. (2009) Finding the Far Right Online: An Exploratory Study of White Supremacist Websites Nottingham Trent University: U.K.


Transnational Terrorism, Security, and the Rule of Law (TTSRL) (2008) The Evolving Threat of Terrorism in Policy Making and Media Discourse


Transnational Terrorism, Security, and the Rule of Law (TTSRL) (2008) 20th Century Right Wing Groups in Europe


Udris, L. (2010) [German] Politischer Extremismus und Radikalismus: Problematisierung und diskursive Gelegenheitsstrukturen in der  öffentlichen Kommunikation der Deutschschweiz [thesis] University of Zurich


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2009) (U//FOUO) Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment 


Whine, M.  (2011) Trans-European Trends in Right-Wing Extremism


Zehni, T. (2008) Turkey and PKK Terrorism [thesis] Naval Postgraduate School:

Monterey, California []        

Zimmermann, D. (2003) The Transformation of Terrorism Center for Security Studies (CSS) ETH Zurich



Prime Journal Articles

Anon.: Kach's U.S. Representatives Continue to Solicit Funds for Banned Terrorist Group The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs 26 (8, November) 2007 pp.30ff.

Barkun, M.: Appropriated Martyrs: The Branch Davidians and the Radical Right Terrorism & Political Violence 19 (1, March) 2007 pp.117-124

Barnes, I.: Antisemitic Europe and the 'Third Way': The Ideas of Maurice Bardche Patterns of Prejudice 34 (2) 2000 pp.57-73

Barrett, W.: Riding Rudy's right-wing wave The Village Voice 47 (47) 2002 p.21ff.

Baumel, J.T.: Kahane in America: An exercise in right-wing urban terror Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 22 (4, October-December) 1999 pp.311-329

Ben-Rafael Galanti, S. (et al.) : Power and changes in the balance between ideology and pragmatism in the right wing Likud Party GeoJournal 53 (3) 2001 pp.263-272

Baysinger, T.G.: Right-wing Group Characteristics and Ideology Homeland Security Affairs 2 (2, July) 2006


Becker, P.J. (et al.): A timeline of the racialist movement in the United States: A teaching tool Journal of Criminal Justice Education 12 (2, Fall) 2001 pp.427-453

Berlet, C.: Violence and public policy: The right lessons Criminology & Public Policy 8 (3, August) 2009 pp.623 ff.

Bjørgo, T.: Disengagement from terrorism: how understanding processes may improve counter-terrorism Tijdschrift voor Criminologie 51 (4, December) 2009 p.360ff.

Blee, K. M. & Creasap, K. A.: Conservative and Right-Wing Movements Annual Review of Sociology 36 (1) 2010 pp.269-286

Casquete, J.: Protest Rituals and Uncivil Communities Totalitarian Movements & Political Religions 7 (3, September) 2006 pp.283-301

Chrimes. P.: Uncivil movements: The armed right wing and democracy in Latin America International Affairs 77 (3, July) 2001 pp.761ff.

Coester, M.: Commentary: Right-Wing Extremism and Bias Crime in Germany  Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 8 (1, January) 2010 pp.49-60

Cohrs, C. (et al.): Effects of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Threat from Terrorism on Restriction of Civil Liberties Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 5 (1) 2005 pp.263-276

Crenshaw, M.: New" versus "Old" Terrorism Palestine - Israel Journal of Politics, Economics, and Culture 10 (1) 2004 pp.48ff 


Crenshaw, M.: The Psychology of Terrorism: An Agenda for the 21st Century Political Psychology  21 (2, June) 2000 pp.405–420


Drier, P. & Flacks, D.: Patriotism and progressivism Peace Review 15 (4, December) 2003 pp.397-404

Durham, M.: Conspiracy Nation. The Politics of Paranoia in Postwar America / Understanding Terrorism in America / Confronting Right-wing Extremism and Terrorism in America Journal of American Studies 38 (3, December) 2004 pp.515-517

Filc, D. & Lebel, U.: The Post-Oslo Israeli Populist Radical Right in Comparative Perspective: Leadership, Voter Characteristics and Political Discourse Mediterranean Politics 10 (1) 2005 pp.85-95           

Flaherty, L.T.: Youth, ideology and terrorism Adolescent Psychiatry 17 (1) 2003 pp.29ff.

Friedlander, B.: An Interview with a Madman: Breivik Asks and Answers His Own Questions Time 24 July 2011


Furr, G.: The Politics Behind the Shooting of the Pope Comment 2 (1) 1983 pp.15-18


Ganser, D.: The ghost of Machiavelli: an approach to operation Gladio and terrorism in cold war Italy Crime, Law and Social Change 45 (2) 2006 pp.111-154

Griffin, R.: Shattering crystals: The role of 'dream time' in extreme right-wing political violence 15 (1) 2003 pp.57-95

Grimshaw, R.: 'The outsider': communication, diversity, and communities CJM: Criminal Justice Matters 80 (1, June 2010) p.44-45

Grumke, T.: The transatlantic dimension of right-wing extremism Human Rights Review 4 (4) 2002 pp.56-72

Hashim, A.S.: Terrorism as an Instrument of Cultural Warfare: the meaning of Anders Breivik CTTA: Counter Terrorists Trends and Analysis § (8, August) 2011 pp.1-6


Helms, L.: The liberal-democratic foundations of the European nation-state and the challenges of internationalization International Politics 46 (1) 2009 pp.48-64

Hobfoll, S. E. (et al.): Refining our Understanding of Traumatic Growth in the Face of Terrorism: Moving from Meaning Cognitions to Doing what is Meaningful Applied Psychology An International Review 56 (3) 2007 pp.345-366

Howard, M.M.: Can Populism Be Suppressed in a Democracy? Austria, Germany, and the European Union East European Politics and Societies 14 (2) 2000, pp.18–32


Hunsberger, B.: Religion and Prejudice: The Role of Religious Fundamentalism, Quest, and Right-Wing Authoritarianism Journal of Social Issues 51 (2, Summer) 1995 pp.113–129


Isaac, J.C.: Right-wing patriotism Dissent 50 (2) 2003 p.64ff.

James, M.: The perfect storm: are we headed for a resurgence of right-wing domestic terrorism?  Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies 8 (2008) pp.9-19       

Johnson, B. B.: Trust and Terrorism: Citizen Responses to Anti-Terrorism Performance History Risk Analysis 30 (9) 2010 pp.1328-1340

Kern, S.: The Norway Massacre and Europe's War on Free Speech Hudson New York July 28 (2011)


Kossowska. M.(et al.): Relationships between right-wing authoritarianism, terrorism threat, and attitudes towards restrictions of civil rights: A comparison among four European countries British Journal of Psychology 102 (2, May) 2011 pp.245ff.

Kowalewski, D.: Cultism, Insurgency, and Vigilantism in the Philippines Sociology of Religion 52 (3) 1991 pp.241-253.


Kurrild-Klitgaard, P: (et al.): The political economy of freedom, democracy and transnational terrorism Public Choice 128 (1) 2006 pp.289-315

Lakshman, K.: Islamist Extremist Mobilization in Bangladesh Terrorism Monitor 3 (12,

June 17] 2005


Laufer, A. (et al.): The Association Between Right-Wing Political Ideology and Youth Distress Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal 21 (1, February) 2009 pp.1-13

McCullough, K.P.: Policing Change, Changing Police: International Perspectives Journal of Criminal Justice 24 (4) 1996 pp.373-374

Michael, G. & Minkenberg, M: A Continuum for Responding to the Extreme Right: A Comparison between the United States and Germany Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 30 (12, December) 2007 pp.1109ff.

Monaghan, R.: 'One Merchant, One Bullet': The Rise and Fall of PAGAD Low Intensity Conflict  Law Enforcement 12 (1) 2004 pp.1-19

Moschner, B. (et al.): Effects of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Threat from Terrorism on Restriction of Civil Liberties Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 5 (1) 2005 p.263ff


Moya, M. & Morales-Marente, E.: Reacciones psico-políticas ante los ataques terroristas del 11 de Marzo de 2004 Psychopolitic reactions to March 11 terrorist attacks  Revista de Psicología Social 20 (3) 2005 pp.331-350

Myers, N.: Right tilt Harvard International Review 23 (1, Spring) pp.7-8

Ogando, J.: Engineering's Terrorism Link? Design News 63 (6) 2008 p.25ff.

O'Meara, K.P.: FBI targets 'Right Wing' Insight on the News 15 (48) 1999 p.16ff.

Parenti, M.J.: Terrorism and super-patriotism Sociological Viewpoints 25 (Fall) 2009 pp.23-38

Pedahzur, A.: Struggling with the Challenges of Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism within Democratic Boundaries: A Comparative Analysis Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 24 (5) 2001 pp.339-359

Pedahzur, A.: The transformation of Israel's extreme right Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 24 (1, January-February) 2001 pp.25-42

Pedahzur, A. (et al.): The War on Terrorism and the Decline of Terrorist Group Formation: A Research Note Terrorism and Political Violence 14 (3) 2002 pp.141-147

della Porta, D.: Research on Social Movements and Political Violence Qualitative Sociology 31 (3) 2008 pp.221-230

Platt, T. & O'Leary, C.: Patriot acts Social Justice 30(1) 2003 pp.5ff.

Shamai, M.: Parents' Perceptions of Their Children in a Context of Shared Political Uncertainty: The Case of Jewish Settlers in the West Bank Before and After the Oslo

Shank, G. & Thomas, P.: The International Terrorist Network: A Right-Wing Conception Of Academic Criminology Crime and Social Justice 17 (Summer) 1982 pp.73-82

Peace Agreement Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 19 (1) 2002 pp.57-75

Smith, B. L, & Morgan, K. D.: Terrorists right and left: Empirical issues in profiling American terrorists Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 17 (1, January) 1994 pp.39-57

Sprinzak, E.: Right-wing terrorism in comparative perspective: the case of split delegitimization 7 (1) 1995 pp.17-43

Thomas Alderdice, J.: Sacred Values: Psychological and Anthropological Perspectives on Fairness, Fundamentalism, and Terrorism Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1167(1) 2009 pp.158-173

Thomas, P.: Between Two Stools? The Government's ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’ Agenda The Political Quarterly 80 (2) 2009 pp.282-291

Tomasky, M.: Vast right-wing conspiracy The American Prospect 15 (4) 2004 p.7ff

Toohey, D.: Material Objects and Aura: Popular Culture Images against and for War Review of Policy Research 24 (6) 2007 pp.609-626

Tydor Baumel, J.: Kahane in America: An Exercise in Right-Wing Urban Terror Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 22 (4) 1999 pp.311-329

Van Hiel, A. & Kossowska, M.: Contemporary attitudes and their ideological representation in Flanders (Belgium), Poland, and the Ukraine International Journal of Psychology 42 (1) 2007 pp.16-26

Victoroff, J.: The Mind of the Terrorist Journal of Conflict Resolution 49 (1, February) 2005 pp.3-43


Walsh, D.: Right-wing terrorism in South Africa Terrorism and Political Violence 7 (1) 1995 pp.239-264

Walter, B. F. & Kydd, A. H.: The Strategies of Terrorism International Security 31 (1) 2006 pp.49-79

Weinberg, L.: On responding to right-wing terrorism Terrorism and Political Violence 8 (1) 1996 pp.80-92

Weinberg, L. & Eubank, W.: Women’s Involvement in Terrorism Gender Issues 28 (1-2) 2011 pp.22-49

Whine, M.: Terrorist Incidents against Jewish Communities and Israeli Citizens Abroad, 1968-2010 PHAS (No. 108) 1 July 2011



See also (partisan) resources on the Internet, e.g.

The Gates of Vienna     

Right Side News                                                            

RightWing News                                                                   

Right Wing Watch


About the Compiler: Eric Price is a Professional Information Specialist and Editorial Assistant of Perspectives on Terrorism. He was, for many years, Librarian of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and supported also the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime with his open source data expertise.

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