The story begins in the 1900s with a portrait of libyas desert terrain and the personalities that shaped its development professor vandewalle then covers libyas history during the italian colonial period 1911 1943 and the monarchy that ruled between 1951 and 1969. Libyas history is shaped largely by its geography a remote patch of desert divided into cyrenaica tripolitania and fazzen with little economic value until the discovery of oil after 1517 these regions came under the nominal control of the ottoman empire which extended control over the coastline but paid little attention to the growth of an islamic revivalist movement the sanusiyya later to be led by libyas king idris al sanusi. References metrics book description 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. Buy a history of modern libya 2nd by vandewalle dirk isbn 9781107615748 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders
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