After four decades of tyrannical, erratic—and pioneering—changes fueled by oil wealth, Muammar Gaddafi’s government fell in 2011, and Libya embarked on a new course without known charts. Libya: History and Revolution covers the nation from its origins as independent land masses and kingdoms to its present as a consolidated nation. The work does not focus on the “old” Libya, but aims to bridge yesterday’s Libya with tomorrow’s, looking at the nation as a regional economic power and military player in North Africa and the Middle East. The result is a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand introduction to the political, economic, and military history and events that led to Gaddafi’s downfall, coupled with a consideration of Libya’s past and present.
Opening with historical underpinnings, the book focuses on the conflict and revolution in Libya during the Arab Spring that brought Gaddafi down, a change that opened a new future for the oil-rich nation. The book closes with a thoughtful discussion of what may be next for Libya and of possible perils for the nation, the region, and the world, as Libya matures as an independent, representatively governed country.
- Covers Libya from its ancient beginnings to the present in one easily readable volume
- Provides a complete history of Gaddafi's Libya and its revolution, including the historical antecedents, Gaddafi's rise to power, his reign, and his fall during the Arab Spring
- Offers projections about the post-Gaddafi era and prospects for Libya going forward
- Brings together the perspectives and insights of two authors with distinct yet complementary backgrounds
- Offers scholars and professors the detail they seek without intimidating the undergraduate or general reader