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Isolation of Albania during the communist regime

Enver Hoxha stepped in Tirana in November 1944 at the head of a Communist government, and on 2 December1945 his Democratic People’s Front of Albania was given a mandate to introduce a republican form of state power. The republic was proclaimed on 11 January1946. In the period of 1946-1948 the Soviet economic, political and ideological…

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Albania during The two world wars

With the start of World War I, emerged thecontradictions between the nation’s discrepant internal interests, which had taken shape depending rather on the sympathy and support for various external factors than on proper Albanian interests and unification prospects. Central Albania was stirred by mutinies against Prince Wied and his government consisting of big lords; Southern…

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The albanian revival in the 19th century

The rise of national and patriotic ideas in Albania came late. Even in the second half of the 19th century Albanians were far from the ideal of a homogeneous nation. The growth of a unifying spirit was confronted in the first place with the traditional distinctions in the social and cultural organisation of the Gegs…

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Ottoman colonisation of Albania

Nearly a century – from the first clashes with Avlona in 1383 up to Skanderbeg’s death in January 1468, and even as late as 1478, when his rebels submitted the stronghold of Kruja, the Ottoman conquerors were forced to overcome the resistance of the Albanian squads. The slow and difficult establishment of their power over…

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Heroicity as part of the Albanian individuality

George Kastrioti-Skanderbeg’s resistance to the Ottomans. Heroicity as part of the Albanian individuality. In 1924, a brilliant Bulgarian observer and connoisseur of Albania, gave the following description of the Albanians: “…isn’t the Albanian, who, being a slave, did not allow enslavement, freedom- loving? This is a question that could hardly be understood by anyone who…

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Albanian Ethnogenesis

Like most of the Balkan nations, the Albanians, too, have a multifold and complex identity, as well as their own contradictory and difficult historical fate. Western historiography regards as “perplexing the ethnic variety in Southeastern Europe, which is the result of age-old processes of assimilation by local and foreign elements. What is more, in this…

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