Dirk vandewalle has a reputation as a distinguished scholar of libya and this book burnishes it professor vandewalle covers the history of libya from its first mention by herodotus to muammar al qadhafis efforts to reconnect with the west after years of isolation he gives special emphasis to the quixotic politics of the jamahiriya qadhafis ideal of a stateless society for the libyan people. A history of modern libya by vandewalle dirk j publication date 2006 professor vandewalle then covers libyas history during the italian colonial period 1911 1943 and the monarchy that ruled between 1951 and 1969 he goes on to discuss the subsequent regime of colonel qadhafi and the economic political and ideological developments . The modern history of independent libya as reflected in the many revolutions denoted under many moons began before romantic time or justinian scribing the history of libya comprises six distinct perspectives ancient libya the roman era the islamic era ottoman rule italian rule and the modern era. Libya is coming in from the cold but for most of the three decades following the 1969 revolution the country was labelled a pariah state by the west dirk vandewalle one of only a handful of western scholars to visit during the time is intimately acquainted with the country this history based on original research and his interviews with libyas political elite offers a lucid account
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