The Albanians: A Modern History

The Albanians: A Modern History

by Miranda Vickers

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The Albanians: A Modern History by Miranda Vickers

This is the first full account of a country that, following decades of isolation, has undergone unprecedented changes to its political system: the collapse of communism, the progression to multi-party elections and the upheaval that followed the March 1997 uprising. Miranda Vickers traces the history of the Albanian people from the Ottoman period to the formation of the Albanian Communist Party. She considers the charismatic leadership of Enver Hoxha; Albania’s relationship with Tito and the alliance with the Soviet Union and then China; and the long period of isolation. Newly revised for this paperback edition, The Albanians considers the gradual process of reform and the fragility of the Albanian experiment with democracy, and includes a dramatic account of the days leading up to Sali Berisha’s resignation of the presidency. It has now been updated to cover the crisis in Kosovo that has led to the first ‘Western’ war in Europe since 1945.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857736550
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Publication date: 01/28/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Miranda Vickers is Honorary Visiting Fellow, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Nature of Ottoman Rule and the Rise of the Great Pashaliks 
3. Political and Cultural Moves to Consolidate the Albanian National Movement 
4. Albanian Independence and the End of Ottoman Rule
5. The Reign of Prince Wied and the First World War
6. Political Instability and the June Revolution
7. The Consolidation of Zogu' s Regime and the Italian Ascendancy
8. The Second World War and the Founding of the Albanian Communist Party
9. 'Building Socialism' under Yugoslav and Soviet Tutelage 
10. The Retreat into Isolation
11. The End of Communism and the Path to Democratic Pluralism
12. The Democratic 'Dream' Fades

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