History and Revolution
by Richard A. Lobban, Jr. and Christopher H. Dalton
April 2014, 281pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2884-3
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In 1951, the UN installed a monarchy, planted a flag, and created Libya.

This narrative chronicles Libya's, and to a vast extent Muammar Gaddafi's, remarkable past, meteoric rise to prominence, and convoluted reign, and introduces potential scenarios that may play out in the near term.

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
Richard A. Lobban, Jr., professor emeritus of anthropology and former chair at Rhode Island College, is an author and lifetime Africanist. He is adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University studying conflict in Sudan, as well as adjunct professor of African (security) studies at the Naval War College. Lobban was a frontline war reporter in Guinea-Bissau and Eritrea and has written numerous books on ancient and medieval Africa, Cape Verde, Tunisia, and Egypt.

Christopher H. Dalton is a U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan, as a ground supply officer. He coauthored several articles with Richard A. Lobban, Jr. on topics related to the African continent. Dalton holds a teaching degree from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

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