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 officers 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."
This selection includes the book Libya: the Elusive Revolution and some of Ruth's research material around it.
Type Title
Other item RF/2/21/9: Letter to Odeh Aburdene, Tufts University

A letter from Ruth First to Odeh Aburdene at Tufts University, requesting his research on oil in Libya.

Other item RF/2/21/9: Letter to Neil Middleton, Penguin Books

A letter from Ruth First to Neil Middleton at Penguin books, confirming the outline and structure of Libya: the Elusive Revolution.

Other item Libya: The Elusive Revolution

'By God I am confused'. exclaimed Colonel Gadafi at one Libyan popular conference. Where Libya is concerned, who isn't?

Other item RF/2/21/10: Answers to questions submitted by Ruth First to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Tripoli, Friday 2 July 1971

A document with typewritten anwers to questions that Ruth First submitted to Gaddafi in July 1971, with annotations and notes.

Other item RF/2/21/15: Libya material

A list of material for research into Libya, with annotations.

Other item RF/2/21/5: Map of Libyan administrative areas

A map of Libyan administrative areas, with annotaions and glossary.

Other item RF/2/21/8: New secrets revealed by the leader of the Revolution, Col. Gadaffi

A translation of a press release about the early stages of the Libyan revolution.

Other item RF/2/21/12: Qaddafi's Libya (draft of Libya: the Elusive Revolution)

Typescript and typeset drafts for Libya: the Elusive Revolution, with annotations.

Other item RF/2/21/2: The structure of the Arab Socialist Union in Libya

A diagram of the structure of the ASU in Libya, with Ruth's translation and annotation on the rear.

Other item RF/2/21/7: Poster of the Libyan Revolutionary Command Council

Poster showing the Revolutionary Command Council of Libya, with annotations.


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