This book charts the 21-year (1911-1932) history of Libyan resistance against Italian invasion. It looks at the subject from a variety of angles, including military, socio-economic and also human. It gives a large place to the causes that incited the Italians to invade; and as it goes through the invasion, it highlights its extremely brutal character. The main focus is on the remarkable stand by the Libyans, who against a far more numerous enemy, far better armed with all the means of modern warfare, managed to put up possibly the longest and surely the costliest resistance (in proportion to their total population) to any invader in history. The Libyan war for liberation is indeed the best illustration in history of bravery and sacrifice for higher ideals than the self. This book covers this little known and yet remarkable phase in history.
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About the Author
Dr Salah Eddine Al-Djazairi lectured and researched at the University of Constantine in Algeria for more than ten years. He also tutored at the Department of Geography of the University of Manchester, and worked as a research assistant at UMIST (Manchester) in the field of History of Science. He has published many academic works. Publications in scientific journals include papers on environmental degradation and desertification as well as papers on politics and change in North Africa, and problems of economic and social development. He has also contributed historical entries to various encyclopaedias such as the Columbia Gazetteer, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Francophone Studies, and the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. The largest written contribution by the author has been on the subject of Muslim science and civilisation.
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