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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (14 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137308087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137308085
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Unlike . . . [other academic volumes about Libya], which all put Qaddafi on their front cover and reduce coverage of the revolution against him to their last pages, this compendium alone focuses on the forces determining Libya's future" - New York Review of Books

"Is Libya a collection of tribes that cycle through power with the old tribal configurations from the Senussi era now returning to the fore? Or is Libya a collection of individuals with resources and justice dispensed primarily according to the law? Or is Libya really three countries confederated into one? Or is it an Islamic Emirate? The resolution of the tug-of-war between the centre and the periphery will come down to what Libyans decide and which groups have the power to implement their desires. Jason Pack's The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and The Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future is an excellent book that will give readers the context to follow the choices as Libyans make them" - Libya Herald

"Palgrave Macmillan has published what is probably the best analytical account of the 2011 Libyan Uprising currently available . . . [Editor Jason] Pack provides us with a lengthy introduction and co-writes 2 other chapters. The book also includes contributions from several notable scholars and analysts of contemporary Libya including George Joffe (also an AA contributor), Ronald Bruce St John (author Libya: from Colony to revolution) and Noman Benotman (a former commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and now head of the Quilliam Foundation)." - All Africa
"In the wake of Libya's civil war, a number of volumes have appeared that chronicle the country's civil war and its aftermath. Few, however, will be able to match the comprehensiveness and insights of The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future, which provides an admirable overview and synthesis of the different aspects of the country's most recent upheaval by several noted Libya-watchers." - Dirk Vandewalle, Dartmouth College, USA

"Deeply rooted in historical research, Jason Pack's The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future is a work of original scholarship and analysis that sheds new light on the causes and origins of the Libyan uprisings, the continuous struggle throughout Libyan history between the center and the periphery, and the role of different domestic and international actors in the success of the revolt. The difficulties and hurdles of the transition from Jamahiriya to Jumhuriya are clearly exposed and discussed." - Karim Mezran, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, USA

"Best Libya book since the uprisings against the Qadhafi regime. Sweeping introduction will introduce you to individual issues addressed by top experts. Despite ongoing change, this book will stand the test of time."  - David Mack, Middle East Institute Scholar, USA and former US Ambassador

About the Author

Jason Pack is a researcher of Middle Eastern History at University of Cambridge, UK, with over seven years of experience living, studying, and working in the Middle East. He is President of and co-author of In War's Wake: The Struggle for Post-Qadhafi Libya (2012). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian.

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Format: Hardcover
As a Libyan, I would say that most books on post-Qadhafi Libya fail to stress what makes the country unique and they fail to combine political analysis with a broader historical perspective. The 2011 Libyan Uprisings is a perfect corrective to this trend towards journalism in treating Libya. Pack et al.'s treatment of the revolution and its aftermath in Libya should be THE go to account for scholars, business people, and policy makers interested in the dynamics at play in today's Libya. Other books on the revolution even those written by academics like Ethan Chorin adopt a chronological/journalistic approach. That is to say that they read like a simple chronology: First there was the Arab Spring, then the Libyans rose up, than Q counterattacked, then NATO intervened, then there was a stalemate, then Abdul-Fatih Younis was killed, then the rebels broke through and took tripoli, then they got Qadhafi, then the NTC failed to establish its authority in Tripolitania, and then as a result, the militia's came to dominate political life, and then Amb. Chris Stevens was killed. This approach explains nothing. Therefore, even though Chorin's book is well written it doesn't capture what makes Libya tick.

Pack et al. dig into the heart of the matter by uncovering the key continuities in Libya history: namely, the role of what he terms the periphery in contesting/opposing the legitimate authority of the central government. Highlighting this dynamic, as well as those concerning Islamists, Oil, civil society organizations, minorities, tribes, etc., explaining what factors led to the uprisings and are still shaping Libya's post-Qadhafi future. In short, if you want a scholarly, explanatory analysis of what is going on underneath the surface in today's Libya this is the book for you.
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Format: Hardcover
Thìs newly edited book is an incredibly precious resource for anyone with a genuine interest in Libya, from academics to students, from politicians to simply curious readers. Its novelty and uniqueness stays in the fact that each and every chapter has been written by a different expert of the topic, and describes the 2011 Libyan uprisings from a specific perspective, thus providing a 360 degrees analysis of this crucial political and social shift.
Not only top-level scholars (some of the most renowned experts in the world, such as Jason Pack, Lisa Anderson and Bruce St John), but also the British Ambassador during the uprisings and the former commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group have contributed to this comprehensive analytical collage.
The result is impressive: the text is complex without being too technical, and offers a number of interpretations and points of view which would be extremely difficult to gather otherwise.
In simple words: an extremely complete work which will probably reveal a must-have for those interested in Libyan affairs.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on 11 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
So much is said on the subject of Libya, usually very forcefully by people with a vested (political, religious, or economic) interest in either its past or future.

This book, edited by one of the world's leading authorities on Libya and the Near and Middle East, is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Rather than merely summarise the facts, the contributing authors (all acknowledged experts in Libya's recent history) offer differing but synergistic interpretations, and show how the diverse elements of Libyan society relate to one to another and to the idea of the Libyan state.

A must-read for anyone wanting to know more about a rich and ancient land that, until recently, has mostly passed under the radar.

PS. I very much hope the publisher is going to bring out a cheaper paperback and make the contents of this book available to the wider audience that it deserves.
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A Must-Read on Libya 15 Jun. 2013
By CHGibson10 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Yes, other books have looked at the last years, months, and days of the Qadhafi regime. If you are looking for something that reads like a Hollywood screenplay, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for well-researched, well-presented information on the 2011 Libyan revolution, this is the book you need. This one, as the editorial reviews have said, is by far the most comprehensive and insightful. The skilled contributors of The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future take a scholarly approach, covering nearly every aspect of the background leading up to and events during the 2011 Libyan revolution on the topics of civil society, oil and economy, Islam and Islamists, tribes, the South, and outside actors including NATO members and Arab states. This book also provides what no others of its kind on Libya have managed to do - concrete analysis of Libya's political and social change in the first year after Qadhafi.
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An important new volume 27 Jun. 2013
By Christopher S Chivvis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an important new volume that will be necessary reading for scholars of Libya's 2011 civil war and subsequent efforts to build a stable, self-sustaining peace out of the postwar rubble. Useful essays by leading figures in the field look at Libya's turbulent last two years from diverse angles, assessing key developments and challenges in social, political, economic, international and other areas. Whether they read all the essays or simply pick and chose among those of greatest interest, students and scholars of Libya and North Africa will be glad that Pack and his colleagues took the time to put this valuable new volume together.
Great way to learn about the Libyan revolution 4 July 2013
By W Marra - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I had only a newspaper reader's understanding of the 2011 Libyan revolution until I read this book. I now have numerous planes of understanding - cultural, historical, tribal, religious, international relations, military. Additionally, each chapter author brings his own perspective to the task, and these authors have powerful resumes of their own: ambassadors, scholars, Libyans, and even a former al-Qaeda leader. Jason Pack has a masterful grasp of the overall scene and has assembled this excellent book.
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