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The Albanians: An Ethnic History from Prehistoric Times to the Present

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Many Albanians, who are descended from the Illyrians and Pelasgians, trace their roots to Achilles and other heroes of the siege of Troy, and claim Alexander the Great as their own. During twelve consecutive periods of foreign domination, the ethnic identity of the Albanians has been constantly threatened, first by the Eastern and Western empires of Christendom, then by the Ottoman Turks, and most recently by Soviet and Chinese communists. Present-day Albania is located between the former Yugoslavia and Greece on...
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The Albanians: An Ethnic History from Prehistoric Times to the Present

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Overview

Many Albanians, who are descended from the Illyrians and Pelasgians, trace their roots to Achilles and other heroes of the siege of Troy, and claim Alexander the Great as their own. During twelve consecutive periods of foreign domination, the ethnic identity of the Albanians has been constantly threatened, first by the Eastern and Western empires of Christendom, then by the Ottoman Turks, and most recently by Soviet and Chinese communists. Present-day Albania is located between the former Yugoslavia and Greece on the western shore of the Balkan peninsula, and is the least known European country. As the last Turkish province in Europe it was tightly closed to foreigners over the centuries, and until recently the country was even more isolated by its postwar Communist regime. Historically described as mysterious and xenophobic, the people and the country are both little known to most westerners-but are destined to enter the world's consciousness situated as they are in the midst of explosive Balkan conflicts. With the employment of Albanian, French, Italian and many other documentary sources, the roots of Albanian civilization, the struggle of the Albanians’ to maintain their cultural and linguistic integrity, the impact of foreign influence on the country, and its recent move toward democracy are all detailed here.
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Detailed...its strength lies in an English summary and presentation of obscure documentary material from the original Albanian...a boon for contemporary scholars...an excellent overview of the region.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442386
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Pages: 748
  • Sales rank: 734,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Edwin E. Jacques was a teacher in Korcha from 1932 to 1940 and visited Albania on several occasions.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Who Are the Albanians?
1 Archeological Reconstruction of Prehistoric Life in Albania 2
2 Linguistic Ancestry of the Albanian Language and People 29
3 Traditions About Albania in Our Earliest Chronicles 46
4 The Early Historical Kingdoms in Albania 1280-323 B.C. 78
5 Dissolution of the Albanian Kingdoms and Their Subjugation by Rome 323-168 B.C. 110
6 The Roman Period 168 B.C.-A.D. 395 126
7 The Byzantine Period 395-489 146
8 Occupation of Albania by the Goths 489-535 149
9 Byzantine Rule Once Again 535-861 151
10 The Bulgarian Period 861-1014 156
11 Byzantine Rule Yet Again 1014-1204 159
12 Norman Rule in Albania 1081-1204 160
13 Quarreling Feudal Families Vulnerable to the Ottoman Turks 164
14 The Ottoman Turkish Threat 170
15 Gradual Capitulation of Feudal Families to the Ottoman Turks 173
16 Temporary Successes of Skanderberg 1443-1468 178
17 Final Capitulation of Albania to the Turks 1503 190
18 Albania's Peculiar Handicaps in Facing Turkish Occupation 193
19 The Turkish Government of Occupied Albania 200
20 Reasons for the Adoption of Islam by Albanian Christians 213
21 Revolutionary and Diplomatic Efforts for Albanian Independence 241
22 Albania's Nonviolent Revolution: Its Cultural Renaissance 275
23 Declaration of Albanian Independence at Vlora 28 November 1912 320
24 Grounds for Confidence in Albania's Eventual Nationhood 325
25 The Fourteen Successive Ineffective Governments 1912-1925 334
26 The Fourteen-Year National Government of Ahmet Zogu 1925-1939 382
27 The Fascist Occupation and the Rise of Marxism 1939-1944 410
28 The Stalinist Government of Enver Hoxha 1944-1985 425
29 The Reform Government of Ramiz Alia 1985-1992 584
30 The Democratic Government of Sali Berisha 1992- 698
Indexed Maps of Albania 703
Bibliography 711
Index 721
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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    The Albanians by Edwin E. Jacques is a must read for all who are related to Albania and the Albanians in any way.

    Reverend Edwin E. Jacques, a former Protestant missionary to Albania prior to World War II, deserves an important place in Albania's 'hall of fame.' Rev. Jacques is one of the few foreigners who really fell in love with the 'Land of Eagles.' His book 'The Albanians' is a work of love. The time, energy, research, and care that needed to go into writing this book proves that few other men have loved this country more than Rev. Jacques. The book is divided into two parts. Both parts are intriguing and informative. In fact, the book includes a lot of new information even for the Albanian student of history, let alone foreigners interested in this land.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    The Truth about Albanians

    This book is inclusive of many forgotten facts about the ancient Albanians. The truth is that the Pelasgians were made of three kingdoms Thrace-Macedonians, Illyrians, and Epirus. All three of them had something incommon, they spoke a similar language, worshiped the same ancient dieties, had the same traditions which are Pelasgian, and are explained in a meaningful way by the Albanian language of modern days. Robert D'Angely in 'Enigma' supports the same idea that Albanian language explains the Pelasgian gods known as Greek mythology. Also, another writer Aristidh Kola in his book 'The Language of Gods' supports the same idea: Albanian language is the language of ancient 'Greek' mythology. Nermin Vlora Falaski does the same. This book is a must read in order to understand the truth about the origin of the most ancient people in the World, the Pelasgians, today's Albanians.

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