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Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702785

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702785.001.0001

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Cultural Revolution and Nuclear Power, 1973–1981

Cultural Revolution and Nuclear Power, 1973–1981

(p.149) Chapter 6 Cultural Revolution and Nuclear Power, 1973–1981
Unclear Physics

Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer

Cornell University Press

This chapter shows how Muammar Gaddafi set out to eradicate the state as Libya's Atomic Energy Authority (NAEA) prepared for a nuclear power program. Gaddafi's Cultural Revolution gave him increasingly unrestrained power, created a shadow apparatus challenging the formal institutions of the state, and caused turbulence throughout the country. As Gaddafi pursued increasingly radical policies at home and abroad, fueled by oil wealth and the growing influence of vigilante Revolutionary Committees, the state dwindled. The Cultural Revolution, which undermined the administrative capabilities of the state to an extreme degree, eroded the Gaddafi regime's resources for monitoring and controlling Libya's NAEA.

Keywords:   Muammar Gaddafi, NAEA, Cultural Revolution, Revolutionary Committees, Libya, nuclear power program

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