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Libya: The Elusive Revolution


'By God I am confused'. exclaimed Colonel Gadafi at one Libyan popular conference. Where Libya is concerned, who isn't? Ruth First's main emphasis falls on the causes and consequences of the 1969 revolution, in which a group of young off icers ousted the monarchy. This thorough survey provides a wealth of information about the religious, economic and social springs of Libyan politics, the sudden explosion of oil revenues and the fanatical- often na•ive- pursuit of Arab unity. She introduces the reader to a twentieth-century social revolution based on the Koran ; to an oil-rich state determined not to copy Kuwait; to a new centre of pan-Arabism which has almost invited the hostility of other Arab states;and to a regime which exhorts the people to embrace its historic role but suffocates all independent action. Nevertheless this nation of under two million inhabitants has struck giant postures in recent years. Its strengths and weaknesses become clearer in the light of Ruth First's able study.

First, Ruth (1974) Libya: The Elusive Revolution. Penguin African Library . Penguin, London. ISBN 014041.0406


Item Type:Book
Subjects:Human Rights & Development Studies
History
Politics
Keywords:Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library, book, Exile in the UK, Libya: The Elusive Revolution, English, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Arab Socialist Union, ASU, Revolutionary Command Council, RCC, coups d’état
Divisions:Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Collections:Ruth First Archive
Deposited By:Matt Mahon
Date Deposited:19 Apr 2012 15:42
Last Modified:28 May 2012 11:34
ItemID:3623
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