Secrets, hostages, and ransoms: British kidnap policy in historical perspective

@article{Aldrich2018SecretsHA,
  title={Secrets, hostages, and ransoms: British kidnap policy in historical perspective},
  author={Richard James Aldrich and Lewis Herrington},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={44},
  pages={738 - 759}
}
Abstract Britain has long taken a firm public line against terrorist ransom, insisting that yielding to terrorist demands only encourages further acts of intimidation and kidnapping. Hitherto, academic research has tended to take these assertions of piety at face value. This article uses a historical approach to show that the British position has shifted over time and was often more complex and pragmatic. Indeed, Britain’s position with regard to kidnap and ransom insurance has, until quite… 
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