In September 2012, members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia, carried out coordinated attacks against the American diplomatic compound and another government facility in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in the deaths of four Americans. This tragedy has become central to American understanding of contemporary Libya as well as debates in American politics, resulting in 10 investigations. Going beyond these events, this talk will offer an overview of modern Libyan history with particular emphasis on the colonial period, the founding of Libya as a modern nation state, and, more recently, the Arab Spring.
Evenings with History, Sponsored by the University History Institute and the Department of History. For more information visit ualr.edu/history/history-institute