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From Colony to Revolution

Ronald Bruce St John

Since a bloodless coup in 1969, Libya has become synonymous with Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi, the charismatic leader Nelson Mandela dubbed one of the revolutionary icons of our time. However, falling prey to empire-builders from the ancient Greeks to Mussolini’s Italy, Libya was embroiled in controversy long before his meteoric rise to power. Skillfully navigating the nation’s history, Ronald Bruce St John explores Libya’s struggle to establish its political and economic identity. From the infamous Lockerbie bombing to Qaddafi’s astonishing return to the international stage, this is a thoughtful and engrossing introduction to this turbulent land on the cusp of Africa and the Middle East.

  • Publication date: July 1, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781851685981
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Pages: 304


"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, from tourists to students."Lisa Anderson - James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations, Columbia University.A"[An] authoritative and very readable history of Libya. It provides essential background for serious analysis of Libya's reentry into the global community during the past decade.A" Ambassador David L. Mack, Vice President, Middle East Institute.A"Succinct and well-written. Combines vivid narrative with perceptive analysis.A" Youssef El-Megreisi, Director, Centre for Libyan Studies, Oxford.

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