Libya

Pages: 432
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

Libya

From Colony to Revolution

Ronald Bruce St John

Fully updated: the new edition of this compelling history begins in ancient times, takes us through the Qaddafi era, the Arab Spring and features a new chapter on post-Qaddafi Libya


Paperback
9781851689194 (25 Nov 2011)
RRP £10.99 / US$16.95
Paperback
9781786072405 (2 Nov 2017)
RRP £12.99 / US$19.99

The Book

Since Qaddafi's ousting in 2011, Libya has been beset by instability and conflict. To understand the tumultuous state of the country today, one must look to its past. With great clarity and precision, renowned regional expert Ronald Bruce St John examines Libya's long struggle to establish its political and economic identity amidst the interference of external actors keen to exploit the country's strategic importance.

This authoritative history spans the time of the early Greek settlements, colonization by Mussolini's Italy, Qaddafi's four decades of rule and the internal rivalries that have dominated the country in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the colonel's ousting. Essential reading for those seeking a greater understanding of this complex North African state, Libya: From Colony to Revolution is an insightful history, which is rich in detail and analysis.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 432
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Ronald Bruce St John is an independent scholar who has appeared on Al Jazeera, BBC World Service, CNN News and in The New York Times, amongst other publications and outlets. He has also advised a number of Fortune 500 companies and the US government. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Reviews

‘An excellent political history of Libya…engaging.'

- Irish Times

‘Of all the books on Libya, Bruce St John's is easily the most comprehensive and approachable.'

- Washington Post

‘A timely and necessary book…fluid in its writing and measured in its judgements.'

- New Internationalist

‘Excellent… accessible, informative and presented with clarity… You won't find a much better overview of Libya than this.'

- Herald

‘An excellent and concise history of this complex country.'

- George Joffé, Centre of International Studies, Cambridge University

‘An excellent account of Libya's often contentious history: clear, concise, accurate and balanced. It will be the best general work on the country available for the foreseeable future, very useful to anyone interested in the country.'

- Lisa Anderson, James T. Shotwell Professor Emerita of International Relations, Columbia University

‘For the general reader as well as for those with a good level of knowledge of Libya, there is perhaps no one better situated to...explain the country's current and future dilemmas than Ronald Bruce St John…[an] admirable history.'

- Diederik Vandewalle, International Affairs

‘Rich in historical detail...containing rare insights into Libyan leader Qaddafi's thinking, particularly on foreign affairs. Indispensable for every serious student of Libya or North Africa.'

- Michele Dunne, Director and Senior Fellow, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

‘An outstanding book...the best short history of Libya. St John has made us accustomed to first-rate analyses of Libya; this book is no exception and no students of Libya, from undergraduates to experts, could afford not to have it on their shelves.'

- Yahia H. Zoubir, Professor of International Relations and International Management, and Director of Research in Geopolitics, Euromed Management, Marseille School of Management