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

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McFarland, 1995 - History - 730 pages
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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 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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It's about time someone told the truth!
Thank you Edwin E. Jacques for telling the world the true history of Balkan!

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Very well written, and am quite surprised to see such facts being supported by a non-albanian point of view. The facts mirror to the current day people, language has not change for a very specific reason, it is very rich in tones and makes a lot of use adapting to alien language. Excluding those which suffered from aggressive assimilation of ethnicity, education was impossible to reach a level of 1% in the last 3 centuries, and yet every 2nd Albanian speaks at least two non-tongue languages, i can freely say every 10th Albanian can fluently speak two non-albanian languages, even Chinese language can be "mimicked" with ease.
One cannot call this controversial. It takes just common sense to come to such conclusion, never mind when you have tons of citations and facts behind you. If there is such doubt in gather of historic knowledge, why not just judge the pairs?
Again, brilliant read, if you do not like having your historic theories changed from your reality, then i highly recommend to move away from this book, there is just too much untold history.

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Linguistic Ancestry of the Albanian Language and People
Traditions About Albania in Our Earliest Chronicles
The Early Historical Kingdoms in Albania 1280323 b c
Dissolution of the Albanian Kingdoms and Their
Developing Albania Subjugated by
Ottoman Turks
Ottoman Turks
28 November 1912
Muslim Albania Governed by Feudalists
The FourteenYear National Government of Ahmet Zogu
Nationalist Albania Seized by the Marxists
The Stalinist Government of Enver Hoxha 19441985
Communist Albania Attracted by the West
Indexed Maps of Albania

Christian Albania Occupied by the Turks

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