Walter Z. Laqueur

Walter Z. Laqueur books and biography


Walter Laqueur

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Walter Zeev Laqueur (born 26 May 1921) is an American historian and political commentator.

He was born in Breslau, Germany (modern Wrocław, Poland), to a Jewish family. In 1938 Laqueur left Germany for the British Mandate of Palestine. His parents, who were unable to leave, died in the Holocaust. He lived in Palestine/Israel 1938-53 and since then in the UK and USA.

He wrote the foreword to Wilhelm Wulff's book Zodiac and Swastika.

He was Director of the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London in 1965-1994. He was founder and editor with George Mosse, of the Journal of Contemporary History and of Survey 1956-1964. He was founding editor of the The Washington Papers. From 1969 he was member, later Chairman (until 2000) International Research Council CSIS Washington. He was Professor of History of Ideas at Brandeis University 1968-1972, University Professor at Georgetown University 1976-1988. He has been visiting professor of history and government at Harvard, Chicago, Tel Aviv and Johns Hopkins.

His main works deal with European history in the 19th and 20th century, especially the Russian history , German history and the Middle East. He written on many topics from the German Youth Movement, Zionism, Israeli history, the cultural history of the Weimar Republic and Russia, Communism, the Holocaust, fascism and diplomatic history of the Cold War. His books have been translated into many languages and he was one of the founders of the study of political violence, guerrilla warfare and terrorism. His comments on international affairs have appeared in many American and European newspapers and periodicals.


  • Communism and Nationalism in the Middle East, London, Routledge & Paul 1956.
  • Nasser's Egypt, London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1957.
  • Co-edited with George Lichtheim The Soviet Cultural Scene, 1956-1957, New York : Praeger, 1958.
  • The Middle East in Transition : Studies in Contemporary History, New York : Praeger, 1958.
  • The Soviet Union and the Middle East, London, Routledge K. Paul 1959.
  • Co-edited with Leopold Labedz Polycentrism : the New Factor in International Communism, New York : Praeger, 1962.
  • Young Germany : a History of the German Youth Movement, New York : Basic Books, 1962.
  • Neue Welle in der Sowjetunion : Beharrung und Fortschritt in Literatur und Kunst, Wien : Europa Verlag, 1964.
  • Russia and Germany; A Century of Conflict, London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1965.
  • Co-edited with George L. Mosse 1914: The Coming of the First World War, New York, Harper & Row 1966.
  • Co-edited with George L. Mosse Education and Social Structure in the Twentieth Century, New York : Harper & Row, 1967.
  • The Fate of the Revolution : Interpretations of Soviet History, London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967.
  • The Road to Jerusalem; The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1967, New York, Macmillan 1968.
  • The Road to War, 1967 : the Origins of the Arab-Israel Conflict, London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969.
  • Co-written with George Mosse Linksintellektuelle zwischen den beiden Weltkriegen, München : Nymphenburger Verlagshandlung, 1969.
  • The Struggle for the Middle East : the Soviet Union in the Mediterranean, 1958-1968, London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969.
  • Europe Since Hitler, London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970.
  • A Dictionary of Politics, London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971 ISBN 0-297-00091-8.
  • Out of the Ruins of Europe, New York : Library Press, 1971 ISBN 0-912050-01-2.
  • Co-edited with Bernard Krikler A Readers Guide to Contemporary History, London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972, ISBN 0-297-99465-4.
  • A History of Zionism, London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1972.
  • Neo-Isolationism and the World of the Seventies, New York: Library Press, 1972 ISBN 0-912050-38-1.
  • Confrontation : the Middle-East War and World Politics', London : Wildwood House, 1974 ISBN 0-7045-0096-5.
  • Co-edited with George L. Mosse Historians in Politics, London : Sage Publications, 1974 ISBN 0-8039-9930-5.
  • Weimar, a Cultural History, 1918-1933, London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1974 ISBN 0-297-76574-4.
  • (Editor) Fascism : a Reader's Guide : Analyses, Interpretations, Bibliography, Berkeley : University of California Press, 1976 ISBN 0-520-03033-8.
  • Terrorism, Boston : Little, Brown, 1977 ISBN 0-316-51470-5.
  • Guerrilla : a Historical and Critical Study, London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977 ISBN 0-297-77184-1.
  • (Editor) The Guerrilla Reader : a Historical Anthology, Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1977 ISBN 0-87722-095-6.
  • (Editor) The Terrorism Reader : a Historical Anthology, Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1978, ISBN 0-87722-119-7.
  • Co-edited with Barry Rubin The Human Rights Reader, Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1979 ISBN 0-87722-170-7.
  • A Continent Astray : Europe, 1970-1978, New York : Oxford University Press, 1979 ISBN 0-19-502510-5.
  • The Missing Years : a Novel, Boston : Little, Brown, 1980 ISBN 0-316-51472-1.
  • The Terrible Secret : Suppression of the Truth about Hitler's "Final Solution", Boston ; Toronto : Little, Brown, 1980 ISBN 0-316-51474-8.
  • The Political Psychology of Appeasement : Finlandization and Other Unpopular Essays, New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Books, 1980 ISBN 0-87855-336-3.
  • "Hollanditis: A New Stage in European Neutralism" from Commentary, August 1981.
  • (Editor) The Second World War : Essays in Military and Political History, London : Sage Publications, 1982 ISBN 0-8039-9780-9.
  • America, Europe, and the Soviet Union : Selected Essays, New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Books, 1983 ISBN 0-87855-362-2.
  • (Editor) The Pattern of Soviet Conduct in the Third World, New York, N.Y. : Praeger, 1983 ISBN 0-03-063944-1.
  • Looking Forward, Looking Back : a Decade of World Politics, New York : Praeger, 1983 ISBN 0-03-063422-9.
  • Co-edited with Barry Rubin The Israel-Arab Reader : a Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict, New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1984 ISBN 0-14-022588-9.
  • Germany Today : A Personal Report, Boston : Little, Brown, 1985 ISBN 0-316-51453-5.
  • A World of Secrets : the Uses and Limits of Intelligence, New York : Basic Books, 1985 ISBN 0-465-09237-3.
  • Co-edited with Robert Hunter European Peace Movements and the Future of the Western Alliance, New Brunswick, U.S.A. : Transaction Books, 1985 ISBN 0-88738-035-2
  • Co-written with Richard Breitman Breaking The Silence, New York : Simon and Schuster, 1986 ISBN 0-671-54694-5.
  • The Fate of the Revolution : Interpretations of Soviet History from 1917 to the Present, New York : Scribner's, 1987 ISBN 0-684-18903-8.
  • Co-edited with Brad Roberts America in the World, 1962-1987 : a Strategic and Political Reader, New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987 ISBN 0-312-01318-3.
  • The Age of Terrorism, Boston ; Toronto : Little, Brown, 1987 ISBN 0-316-51478-0.
  • The Long Road to Freedom: Russia and Glasnost, Collier Books, 1989, ISBN 0-02-034090-7.
  • Soviet Realities : Culture and Politics from Stalin to Gorbachev, New Brunswick, U.S.A. : Transaction Publishers, 1990 ISBN 0-88738-302-5.
  • Stalin : the Glasnost Revelations, New York : Scribner's, 1990 ISBN 0-684-19203-9.
  • Co-written with John Erickson Soviet Union 2000 : Reform or Revolution?, New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990 ISBN 0-312-04425-9.
  • Thursday's Child Has Far to Go: A Memoir of the Journeying Years, Scribner, 1992 ISBN 0-684-19421-X.
  • Europe In Our Time : A History, 1945-1992, New York : Viking, 1992 ISBN 0-670-83507-2.
  • Black Hundreds : the Rise of the Extreme Right in Russia, New York : HarperCollins, 1993 ISBN 0-06-018336-5.
  • The Dream That Failed : Reflections on the Soviet Union, New York : Oxford University Press, 1994 ISBN 0-19-508978-2.
  • Fascism : Past, Present, Future, New York : Oxford University Press, 1996 ISBN 0-19-509245-7.
  • Fin de Siècle and Other Essays on America & Europe, New Brunswick, N.J. ; London, UK : Transaction Publishers, 1997 ISBN 1-56000-261-1.
  • Guerrilla Warfare: A Historical and Critical Study, Transaction Publishers, 1997 ISBN 0-7658-0406-9.
  • Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind, Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1998 ISBN 0-943875-89-7.
  • The New Terrorism : Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction, New York : Oxford University Press, 1999 ISBN 0-19-511816-2.
  • Generation Exodus : the Fate of Young Jewish Refugees From Nazi Germany, Hanover, NH ; London : University Press of New England [for] Brandeis University Press, 2001 ISBN 1-58465-106-7
  • Co-edited with Judith Tydor Baumel The Holocaust Encyclopedia, Yale University Press, 2001 ISBN 0-300-08432-3.
  • No End to War : Terrorism in the Twenty-first Century, New York : Continuum, 2003 ISBN 0-8264-1435-4.
  • Voices of Terror: Manifestos, Writings and Manuals of Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Other Terrorists from Around the World and Throughout the Ages, Sourcebooks, Inc, 2004 ISBN 1-59429-035-0.
  • "Dying for Jerusalem": The Past, Present and Future of the Holiest City, Sourcebooks, Inc, 2006 ISBN 1-4022-0632-1.
  • The Changing Face of Antisemitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, Oxford University Press, 2006 ISBN 0-19-530429-2.
  • The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent, Thomas Dunne Books, 2007 ISBN 0-31-236870-4.


  • Co-edited by Jehuda Reinharz and George L. Mosse The Impact of Western Nationalisms : Essays Dedicated to Walter Z. Laqueur on the Occasion of his 70th birthday, London : Sage, 1992 ISBN 0-8039-8766-8.

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