Covers Libyan history from the prehistoric period through the Phoenician, Roman, and Islamic / Ottoman periods to Italian colonization, independence, and the 2011 uprising and civil war.
Libya experienced its own Arab Spring in February of 2011, ultimately leading to a civil war in which different groups have since been vying for power. How did the events of Libya’s past lead to this point?
This addition to the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nationsseries takes a chronological approach to examining Libyan history. Considering the history of Libya from its earliest times to the present, it features government records, memoirs, and diaries and provides a general overview of the history of Libya as well as a discussion on geography. While not discounting the contributions of traders and invaders to Libya’s history, this book, unlike others, identifies and traces the histories of indigenous Libyans, showcasing their achievements while situating them within the broader context of contact with Libya had by groups of people from Europe to the Arabian Peninsula. By demonstrating that Libyans had their own unique history prior to colonization, the book works to essentially decolonize Libyan history. Rounding out the chapters are a timeline, glossary, appendix of notable people,
• Includes a timeline of significant events, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of Libya’s history
• Provides reads with an appendix of Notable People in the History of Syria that has brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country’s history
• Presents photos and maps to provide additional context and support the text
• Offers an annotated bibliography with detailed information on resources for further research
“… for the breadth of coverage, this is an excellent introduction to Libyan history, best suited to support high-school and college level courses.” – Booklist
“This volume will serve as a good introduction to the history of a country often in the news in the recent past. High school, public, and academic libraries should consider adding it to their history collections. – ARBA
About the Author
Bukola A. Oyeniyi is a historian of African History, with specialization in Africa’s social and cultural history in the early nineteenth to the twentieth centuries. He is coauthor of Culture and Customs of Libya .