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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The Abanians, an ethnic history of E Jacques contemporany is the best book on history of Albanians. Albanians are descended from the older Pelasgians, oldest populations identiphicated in the world till during the Paleolit with their supreme god Zeus. After Bronze Age from the Pelasgians developed Ilians, Dardanians, Macedonians, Thracians, Dacian, Hittite in the Anadoll etc. with their language, wchich is originated from the Pelasgian one. Today are studied many Pelasgian, Illyrian, Thracian, Macedonian inscriptions wchich can be read with the help of the Albanian language only. The language is the major document wchich testify that Albanians are descendents of the Pelasgians, Illyrians, Macedonians, Thracians, Epirrotes, Hittites atc. This is the reason whyi the Albanian claim Achilles, Homer, Alexander the Great, Pyrro of Epirus as their own. Luftlla Peza  

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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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Contents

Linguistic Ancestry of the Albanian Language and People
29
Traditions About Albania in Our Earliest Chronicles
46
The Early Historical Kingdoms in Albania 1280323 b c
78
Dissolution of the Albanian Kingdoms and Their
110
Developing Albania Subjugated by
125
Ottoman Turks
164
Ottoman Turks
173
Occupation
193
28 November 1912
320
Muslim Albania Governed by Feudalists
333
The FourteenYear National Government of Ahmet Zogu
382
Nationalist Albania Seized by the Marxists
409
The Stalinist Government of Enver Hoxha 19441985
425
Communist Albania Attracted by the West
583
Indexed Maps of Albania
703
Bibliography
711

Christian Albania Occupied by the Turks
199
Independence
241

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