Richard Clutterbuck

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Richard Clutterbuck (1917–1998) was a pioneer in the study of political violence. In his lifetime he was both a professional soldier and academic.

Clutterbuck was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1937 after graduating in mechanical sciences from Cambridge. After Dunkirk, he went through both the Western Desert and Italian campaigns. The army sent Clutterbuck to different hotspots, including Palestine (1947) during the Irgun Zvei Leumi's terrorist campaign. In 1956, up against Chinese communists, Lt. Col Clutterbuck shed his rank badges to go on patrol as an ordinary soldier. As chief engineer Far East, 1966–68, Brigadier Clutterbuck put into practice in northeast Thailand the counter-terrorist philosophy he was gradually evolving. His next job after Thailand was the top one, as Engineer-in-Chief (1968–70) at the Ministry of Defence. While in the Far East, however, he had started to read for a PhD in politics. In 1968, he enrolled at the University of London.

His last army post was back in the specialisation he had created for himself, as chief army instructor of the Royal College of Defence Studies, devoted to peacekeeping or "low-intensity Operations" as they were now termed. His Who's Who entry gave his recreations as "sailing, canoeing and the study of revolution". On retirement in 1972 he became Dr Clutterbuck, and marched straight into the post of lecturer in political conflict at Exeter University.

Publications[edit]

  • Across the River (as Richard Jocelyn), 1957;
  • The Long Long War, 1966;
  • Protest and the Urban Guerrilla, 1973;
  • Riot and Revolution in Singapore and Malaya, 1973;
  • Living with Terrorism, 1975; Guerrillas and Terrorists, 1977;
  • Britain in Agony, 1978, (revised edition 1980);
  • Kidnap and Ransom, 1978;
  • The Media and Political Violence, 1981, (revised edition 1983);
  • Industrial Conflict and Democracy, 1984;
  • Conflict and Violence in Singapore and Malaysia, 1985;
  • The Future of Political Violence, 1986;
  • Kidnap, Hijack and Extortion, 1987;
  • Terrorism and Guerrilla Warfare, 1990;
  • Terrorism, Drugs and Crime in Europe after 1992, 1990;
  • International Crisis and Conflict, 1993;
  • Terrorism in an Unstable World, 1994;
  • Drugs, Crime and Corruption, 1995,
  • Public Safety and Civil Liberties, 1997
  • Families, Drugs and Crime, 1998 (published posthumously)

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