WITH A NEW POSTSCRIPTSituated between Greece on the south, the former Yugoslavia on the north and east, and the Adriatic Sea on the west, Albania is the country the world forgot.Throughout this century, Albania has been perceived as primitive and isolationist by its neighbors to the west. When the country ended fifty years of communist rule in 1992, few outsiders took inteWITH A NEW POSTSCRIPTSituated between Greece on the south, the former Yugoslavia on the north and east, and the Adriatic Sea on the west, Albania is the country the world forgot.Throughout this century, Albania has been perceived as primitive and isolationist by its neighbors to the west. When the country ended fifty years of communist rule in 1992, few outsiders took interest. Deemed unworthy of membership in the European Union and overlooked by multinational corporations, Albania stands today as one of the poorest and most ignored countries in Europe.Miranda Vickers and James Pettifer take us behind the veil of former President Enver Hoxha's isolationist policies to examine the historic events leading up to Albania's transition to a parliamentary government. Beginning with Hoxha's death in 1985, Albania traces the last decade of Albania's shaky existence, from the anarchy and chaos of the early nineties to the victory of the Democratic Alliance in 1992 and the programs of the current government. The authors provide us with an analysis of how the moral, religious, economic, political and cultural identity of the Albanian people is being redefined, and leave no question that the future of Albania is inextricably linked to the future of the Balkans as a whole. In short, they tell us why Albania matters....
|Title||:||Albania: From Anarchy to Balkan Identity|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Pages|
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Albania: From Anarchy to Balkan Identity Reviews
A very comprehensive take on events in Albania from just before the fall of the Hoxhaist regime until just after the 1996 elections. Just under 300 pages (excluding notes and appendices), the book manages to cover just about every noteworthy event in Albania during that time period. Because it was written in medias res, the book lacks the opportunity to reflect on some of the broader trends in this time period, but this is no fault of the authors.
Sometimes dense and bland, but provides a fair overview of Albania's development and politics in the years following the end of Hoxha's communist regime. The text is marred by an unfortunate number of copyediting errors, but is a fantastic resource for anyone seeking a better understanding of recent Albanian history.
This a a good reference book for the novice (=me) wanting to know more about Albania. Pretty much straight political science; outside of a political history of the 'great men' of Albania, few individuals are recognizable. These two authors have another, more recent book (2007) that deals with Albanian geo-politics from 1997 to the present.