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Albanian Identities: Myth and History

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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, multidisci
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Indiana University Press (first published September 3rd 2002)
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This book written and collected by professors of Slavonic studies Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers tries to ridicule the Albanian identity, one of the oldest ones in Europe. While it is true that today's Albania due to ottoman, slavic, roman, greek invasions is a remote image of what it used to be, it is still remarkable of how hard these authors along with some pseudo-Albanian critics enlisted in the same universities try to make the history of this country look almost "grotesque".

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I guess you'll run into this with any collection - especially one that looks at such a broad topic (my own interests surely influenced my reading) - but the quality here varied pretty widely. It's hard to avoid the sense, when reading a few of these pieces, that the authors aren't so much concerned with Albanian identity or Albanian myth as they are with extrapolating their own ideas to Albania. That said, the first section of this book in particular, "The History of Albanian Myth Production" pr ...more
Contains several excellent articles and proofed to be quite useful.
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