Author Archives: Julian Bourg

About Julian Bourg

Associate professor of history at Boston College, where he moved in 2010 after several years of teaching in the Bucknell University history department. His book From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought (2007) won the Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book of the year in intellectual history. He is working on an intellectual history of terrorism.

On Terrorism as Human Sacrifice

In the weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, it has become easy to forget, large parts of the world were grappling sympathetically with the victims of the spectacular destruction of the World Trade Center and other devastation of that day. A spontaneous outpouring of compassion and empathy was palpable during those early days, both within the United States and outside its borders. ‘‘We are all Americans,’’ the French and Italian dailies famously declared.