German historiography has recently explored new and interesting paths for studying left-oriented terrorism and political violence of the Seventies. Among the various proposed suggestions, this article focuses on the analysis of a transnational approach, which has been used by Petra Terhoeven in her most recent publication on West-German terrorism. In a brief opening overview, the article tries to contextualize Terhoeven’s study in the more general German historiographical debate, in which it appears to be coherently integrated and of which it represents an exemplar result. Aim of the article is to outline the numerous suggestions that a transnational perspective, as it has been adopted by the German debate, could offer to the Italian historiography on terrorism.
Keywords: Transnational perspective, Terrorism, Political violence, Seventies, German historiography, Italian historiography