Albanian Identities: Myth and History

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Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Bernd Jürgen Fischer
Indiana University Press, 2002 - History - 238 pages
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"... a pioneering effort in English-language studies on Albania." —Nicholas C. Pano

Albanian history is permeated by myths and mythical narratives that often serve political purposes, from the depiction of the legendary "founder of the nation," Skanderbeg, to the exploits of the KLA in the recent Kosovo War. The essays in Albanian Identities, by a multinational, multidisciplinary team of scholars and non-academic specialists, deconstruct prevalent political or historiographical myths about Albania’s past and present, bringing to light the ways in which Albanian myths have served to justify and direct violence, buttress political power, and foster internal cohesion. Albanian Identities demonstrates the power of myths to this day, as they underpin political and social processes in crisis-ridden, post-totalitarian Albania.

  

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Contents

Capacities of Myth in Albania
5
Narratives
9
Some Theoretical Aspects
26
Myth and Amnesia
33
The Role of Education in the Formation
49
Naim Frasheris
60
Some
70
Between the Glory of a Virtual World and the Misery
91
Perceptions and Reality in Twentieth Century Albanian
134
Smoke Without Fire? Albania SOE and the Communist
143
Albanians in Pursuit
157
The Perception of the Albanians in Greece in
172
Culture and the Reinvention of Myths in a Border Area
190
Myths and New Forms of Governance in Albania
203
Civil Society Development
215
Conspiracy Theories in Albanian Politics and Media
226

Ismail Kadares The HFile and the Making of the Homeric
104
Enver Hoxhas Role in the Development of Socialist
115
The Construction
127

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Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is Lecturer and Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.

Bernd J. Fischer is Professor of History at Indiana University--Purdue University Fort Wayne and author of Albania at War, 1939--1945.

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