The Libyan Revolution

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-30
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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Forty years after Col. Gaddafi's Libyan Revolution cut Libya off from the outside world, scrubbed out Western lettering and turned the country against the US, Libya has changed its outlook, renounced nuclear weapons and reopened itself to Western cruise ships and tourists. Gaddafi is still in power. Nicholas Hagger, an eyewitness of the events of the 1969 Revolution and plans for a rival coup, predicted at the time that Gaddafi would still be in power 40 years later. He narrates the story of the first year of the Revolution, identifies its aims and considers if they have been achieved. Before the Revolution he wrote a weekly two-page feature in a Libyan English-language newspaper under the byline the Barbary Gipsy. His timeless and poetic views of Libya's sea, sand and Roman ruins in these articles are reprinted in an Appendix. This is a memoir and a portrait of western Libya. The places visited have changed little as a return visit in 2001 established. This book is required reading for all visitors to Libya today.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The End of the Old Regimep. 1
Pro-Western Tripolip. 3
The Decadence of a Dying Orderp. 21
The Revolution and its Aimsp. 41
The 1969 Coupp. 43
Gaddafi's Anti-Western Measures: Growing Extremismp. 59
The Achievements of the Revolutionp. 91
Growing Terror and Isolation: 1971-1980p. 93
Terrorism and Nuclear Weapons, 1981-2001p. 111
Returning to the International Fold and Disarmament, 2002-2009p. 127
Timelinep. 142
Portrait of Western Libya
Catching the Libyan Atmosphere and Western Linksp. 155
Tripoli Castle: Two Caramanlisp. 157
Suk Al-Jum'a: Camels and Volkswagen Nomadsp. 160
Our Lady of Garian and the Troglodyte Wifep. 165
Tripoli's Old City: The Old British Consulate and the Bakerp. 171
Leptis: Septimius Severus and the Medallioned Groomp. 176
Sabratha: Flavius Tullus and the Mosaic-Makerp. 183
Two Amphitheatres: Beasts and a Thracian Gladiatorp. 191
Tripoli's Old City: A Tarbooshed Merchant, a Sandalled Plague-Bearerp. 200
New Tripoli: A Ghaffir with Italian Medals, 45s in an Oilman's Carp. 206
Miss Tully's Story of Yusef Caramanlip. 211
The Shar'a Shatt Fort: Battleships and a Rope Slingp. 219
The Intrepid: Decatur's Fireship, a Seaman with a Knotted Scarfp. 223
Djerba: Lotus and Skewered Lambp. 228
Viper's Valley: A Legend which Came True? The James Halifax Storyp. 232
Casino: Wheel and a Rippling Jawp. 237
Focus on the Amphitheatres of Leptis and Sabratha: The Whereabouts of the Beast-Pens and the Gladiator Prisonp. 240
Tripoli: Old and New under a Blue Skyp. 244
London: Merrie Dandies and a Blind Piperp. 247
Palestine: The Arab Case in Britainp. 251
London: Traditional, Modern, Underground, Pop, the Cultural Scenep. 256
Libyan-British Relationsp. 261
Provincial France: Grey Blinds, Baroque Statues, Frenchnessp. 268
Libyans Show Solidarity with the Revolutionary Command Councilp. 273
Old Regimesp. 275
Libya's Young Puritansp. 279
Libya under its Colonel from the Desertp. 283
Dates of Articlesp. 287
Notes and References to Sourcesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 295
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