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The Albanians: A Modern History

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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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by I. B. Tauris (first published 1995)
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Jul 28, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
I knew very little about Albania before I read this book. I learned quite a bit. I wish the book didn't end in 1999, the political situation was very volatile and it left me hanging. I googled more recent Albanian history to keep me up-to-date; for example, I found out Berisha came back to power and Albania has now joined NATO.

The statement at the beginning of the book left me puzzled. The author stated that since the 1940's archaeological expeditions focused on showing a direct link between the
May 21, 2012 Lawrence rated it it was ok
This does an okay job of giving a broad explanation of the Albanian people and culture. A reader will definitely come away with a strong sense of how important this country is to the history of the Balkans. I feel that a reader will want to explore more detailed texts on the origin of this country and the complex politics involved in this region.
Nov 01, 2007 Chessie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interest in Albania history
I was happy with this book, and felt it was written objectively. Gives a good review of the history and is good for anyone who wants a brief history of Albania. The writing style is clear and keeps one's attention.
Wesley  Gerrard
Albania is one of those countries that have a colourful history and is a place that was a bit of an anomaly to me. I know that it is publicly perceived as a poor backwater of Eastern Europe but I wanted to read this well-written book to glean further information. After the fall of the Ottomans in the Balkans, Albania came into being as an independent entity. This came out of the back of several Balkan conflicts. The Albanians are one of the rainbow of ethnic tribes in the region, with their own ...more
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Feb 22, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it it was ok
I've always had a fond place in my heart for Albania and it's one of my most desired travel destinations and yes, yes, I know it is an unsafe shithole where everyone is armed to the teeth and will handily gnaw off your genitals as a table blessing. And yes, yes even Albanians say that their country is "një top i zi i qelb i cili është paraqitur në zorrën e trashë të një xhuxh lebrozit", but you have to hand it to a country that made into the mid-90s with barely a paved road or working toilet to ...more
Jul 14, 2016 D rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, albania
Не дава достатъчно ясна представа за регионалните проблеми, които изобилстват на нашия полуостров и в които Албания е намесена. Бих казал, че е ок, но нищо повече. Когато пишеш история на народ, минал през трите основни религии в Европа (ако броим католицизма и праволсавието за отделни такива) + тоталитарно наложен атеизъм, както и на народ, имащ може би най-древния (спорно, но правдоподобно) език в Европа, би следвало да извадиш доста по-интересни факти. Тази книга е на ниво статията в ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Jonathon rated it liked it
I started this book knowing very little about Albania. After reading it, I have come to realize that the Albanians as a people have been treated badly by everyone in history, from their colonial masters in the Ottomans to their very on paranoid dictator Hoxha. It is amazing that after the fall of communism they did not descend into chaos like Yugoslavia. My only criticism is that the author would mention people and give no explanation as to who they are, expecting the reader to already know who ...more
May 08, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
This is one of the few books written in the English language that covers Albania. Vickers gives a good overview of Albanian history and politics. It is a good read for anyone wanting to learn about one of the least known about countries of Europe. You will come to appreciate a complex history and group of people that have lived through war and oppression for years.
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