Historical Dictionary Of Albania / Edition 560

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Overview

This reference provides a comprehensive overview, not only of Albanian history, but also of contemporary Albania as it enters the 21st century, focusing as it does both on the past and on a modern European nation struggling to put its formidable Stalinist past behind it. For half a century, Albania was a planet of its own, isolated from the rest of Mother Earth. Since the fall of the communist regime, the Albanians have been striving, not without difficulty, to find their place among the nations of Europe. The majority of the over 700 entries in this dictionary are biographical entries. They comprise not only figures of Albanian history, but also contemporary public figures and political leaders in Albania, as well as individuals, Albanian and foreign, who have made notable contributions to Albanian studies and Albanian culture. The entries not only cover history and politics, but also culture and religion, foreign relations, language, economics and social customs. Additionally, this dictionary includes a further dimension: the Albanians living outside of the country, whether part of an earlier diaspora or cut off by artificial and sometimes contested borders. While the introduction, chronology and dictionary entries provide readers with a solid grounding on Albania and the Albanians, those who want to learn more on specific aspects can consult the helpful bibliography. Because a large proportion of the material in this dictionary has never appeared in English, it is to be hoped that most readers will discover new information to make the elusive Albanian nation more accessible to them.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
Elsie's entries are clear, well written, and packed with information. Coupled with Hutchings earlier edition, English-language readers are now well served by a comprehensive set of historical dictionaries covering this country, which still remains mysterious and unknown to many in the West.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Elsie's entries are clear, well written, and packed with information. Coupled with Hutchings earlier edition, English-language readers are now well served by a comprehensive set of historical dictionaries covering this country, which still remains mysterious and unknown to many in the West.
Association for Slavic
...[includes] a chronology, bibliography, maps, appendices, and dictionary section with short entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions from the earliest times to the present.
Albanische Hefte
...an urgent necessity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810848726
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series , #42
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 560
  • Pages: 582
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Elsie is a leading specialist in Albanian affairs. He is the author of 25 books on Albania and its culture, including literary translations from Albanian, and of many articles and research papers. He is a freelance writer and conference interpreter, primarily for Albanian and German, and he lives in the Eifel mountains of Germany.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Editor's Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Abbreviations and Acronyms Chapter 4 List of Albanian Heads of State and Government Chapter 5 List of Albanian Political Parties and Organizations Chapter 6 Chronology Chapter 7 Introduction Chapter 8 THE DICTIONARY Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 About the Author

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