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Albania Today : A Portrait of Post-Communist Turbulence
Clarissa de Waal
1850438595
September 17, 2005
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Book Description
This new book examines Albania's transition from Communism via the experiences of a diverse range of families, highland villagers, urban elite, shanty dwellers--Clarissa de Wall has followed the lives of Albanians there since 1992. As such, this is a history--of economic, social and political change--told from the perspective of the participants. We see how far the archaic world of customary law continues to pervade highland life, from dispute settlement to arranged marriages. At the same time, the author shows us members of the ex-communist elite in Tirana embracing rentier capitalism, while squatters on state farmland live under constant threat of eviction. Albania, the author suggests, is a country wracked by contradictions: in flight from its Communists past and yet still beholden to its rural traditions; keen to...


Albania
David K. Wright
0516204688
September 1997
Library Binding
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Card catalog description
Describes the geography, plants, animals, history, economy, language, religions, culture, sports, arts, and people of Albania.


Three-Arched Bridge
Ismail Kadare
1559707925
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
The year: 1377. The place: the Balkan peninsula. Here in Ismail Kadare's novel, The Three-Arched Bridge, an Albanian monk chronicles the events surrounding the construction of a bridge across a great river known as Ujana e Keqe, or "Wicked Waters." If successful in their endeavor, the bridge-builders will challenge a monopoly on water transportation known simply as "Boats and Rafts." The story itself parallels developments in modern-day Eastern Europe, with the bridge emblematic of a disintegrating economic and political order: just as mysterious cracks in the span's masonry endanger the structure and cast the local community into a morass of uncertainty, superstition, and murder, so the fast-changing conditions in the 14th-century Balkan peninsula threaten to overwhelm the stability of life there. Dark...


Albanian Identities: Myth and History
Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (Editor), Bernd Jurgen Fischer (Editor)
0253215706
September 2002
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And the Sea Is Never Full: Memoirs, 1969-
Elie Wiesel
0641677286

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Albania in the Twentieth Century, a History
Owen Pearson
1845110145
Feb 2006
Hardcover
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Historical Dictionary of Albania: New Edition : New Edition (European Historical Dictionaries)
Robert Elsie
0810848724
December 20, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Historical Dictionary of Albania endeavors to provide a comprehensive overview, not only of Albanian history, but also of contemporary Albania as it enters the 21st century, focusing as it does both on the past and on a modern European nation struggling to put its formidable Stalinist past behind it. For half a century, Albania was a planet of its own, isolated from the rest of Mother Earth; since the fall of the communist regime, the Albanians have been striving, not without difficulty, to find their place among the nations of Europe. This work offers the reader basic, factual information on the country, its historical development, its current situation, and the culture of its people through its 700 entries.


Albania: From Anarchy to Balkan Identity
Miranda Vickers, James Pettifer
081478805X
March 2000
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Book Description
WITH A NEW POSTSCRIPT "Excellent."
"An authoritative account of Albania's turbulent history since the death in 1985 of Enver Hoxha."
"[The authors] are to be congratulated on the objective way in which they have presented the Albanian history of the last ten years."
Situated 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. ...


Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey
Isabel Fonseca
067973743X
October 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
They travel endlessly and seem to appear almost everywhere, yet they are the world's most mysterious people: Gypsies. Isabel Fonseca has done the impossible, entering into their world, living and traveling with Gypsies during several long trips to Eastern Europe, and she has brought back an insightful, highly personal, and very readable account of who the Gypsies are and how they live. The Gypsies have a legendary aversion to "gadje," or outsiders, but Fonseca has lifted the curtain and written gracefully about their lives on the edge of society. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
An exploration of the frequently persecuted and misunderstood Gypsy population of eastern Europe. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Albania in the Twentieth Century, a History
Owen Pearson
1845110153
Feb 2006
Hardcover
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Review
"This is an extraordinary achievement. Owen Pearson has produced a chronicle of modern Albanian history which will be an indispensable reference work for anyone working in this field. This book is a veritable treasury."--Noel Malcolm, All Soul's College, Oxford


Albania
Aaron Lear
0791047547
November 1999
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Examines the history, geography, and cultural developments of this European nation bordering the Adriatic Sea and the former Yugoslavia.


An Englishman in Albania : Memoirs of a British Officer 1929-1955
D. R. Oakley-Hill, et al
1850439400
July 22, 2005
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Book Description
This book tells of the hold that Albania and its people came to exercise over one Englishman. Colonel Dayrell Oakley-Hill's memoirs provide a vivid description of the landscape, people and customs of this beautiful country and the two very different leaders that he came to know well--King Zog and Enver Hoxha. Oakley-Hill returned to the UK in 1955, but never severed his connections with Albania. Right up to his death in 1985 he was tireless in his efforts to help Albanian refugees and for many years served as Secretary to the Anglo-Albanian Association.

I.B.Tauris in association with the Centre for Albanian Studies


Albania in the Twentieth Century, a History: Albania and King Zog, 1908-39, Vol. 1
Owen Pearson
1845110137
July 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"This is an extraordinary achievement. Owen Pearson has produced a chronicle of modern Albanian history which will be an indispensable reference work for anyone working in this field. This book is a veritable treasury."--Noel Malcolm, All Soul's College, Oxford


Albania in the Twentieth Century, a History
Rania Al Abdulla
1845111044
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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Review
"This is an extraordinary achievement. Owen Pearson has produced a chronicle of modern Albanian history which will be an indispensable reference work for anyone working in this field. This book is a veritable treasury."--Noel Malcolm, All Soul's College, Oxford


Badlands - Borderlands: A History of Southern Albania/Northern Epirus
Tom J. Winnifrith
0715632019
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
 The most up-to-date account of the complicated history of a fascinating corner of the Balkans.  Written accessibly and entertainingly by one of the few people to have traveled freely in the area over the last 20 years. Opposite Corfu one can see the mountains of Southern Albania, always difficult to visit, and especially so in the Communist period from 1944 to 1992. This area is called Northern Epirus by the Greeks, and contains many monuments of Greek and Roman civilization, such as those at Apollonia and Butrint. There are also relics of the Illyrians, claimed by the Albanians to be their ancestors. In the sixth century the Slavs invaded, but the district was re-captured by the Byzantines in the tenth century. There were attacks from the West in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and a period of...


The Muslim Bonaparte
K. E. Fleming
0691001944
March 8, 1999
Hardcover
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Liana H. Theodoratou, New York University
"K. E. Fleming . . . raises significant questions about the dynamic complexity of cultural representation. [She] invites the critical rethinking of a number of crucial notions such as hegemony, power, and history."

Traian Stoianovich, Rutgers University
"K. E. Fleming shows that the cultural representation of Ali Pasha by the West was not simply nor mainly a way of dominating him. It was also a process by which Ali Pasha was able to limit that domination, and, for a time, even turn it around. An interesting and sound undertaking."

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High Albania: A Victorian Traveller's Balkan Odyssey (Phoenix Press)
Edith Durham
184212207X
January 1, 2000
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The Fracture Zone: My Return to the Balkans
Simon Winchester
0060954949
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Simon Winchester, a British newspaper reporter for 30 years and the author of 13 books (including The Professor and the Madman), has turned his attention to the Balkans, an area he visited years ago on a road trip from Vienna to Istanbul--a journey he retraced in the spring of 1999. The Fracture Zone describes both of those trips, concentrating on the history and character of the region more than the recent war and its aftermath. Winchester has spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent, but his more recent occupations as historian and a writer for Condé Nast Traveler are in evidence here. Winchester's angle on the Balkans is unique and well written: those who have been bewildered at best and bored at worst by the Balkan conflict may find that The Fracture Zone captures their interest better than hundreds of...


Albania in the Twentieth Century, A History
Owen Pearson
1845110161
June 2006
Hardcover
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Review
"This is an extraordinary achievement. Owen Pearson has produced a chronicle of modern Albanian history which will be an indispensable reference work for anyone working in this field. This book is a veritable treasury."--Noel Malcolm, All Soul's College, Oxford


Albania: Eye of the Balkan Vortex
Lou Giaffo
0738802603
March 29, 2001
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Book Description
This history will enlighten the reader on Albania's rich cultural heritage. Descended from the ancient Illyrians, an original Indo-European people with their own original Indo-European language, who at one time occupied the whole Balkan Peninsula, the Albanians, disproportionate to their relatively small numbers, have produced some of the leading players on the world stage.


Albania in the Twentieth Century, A History: Albania as Dictatorship and Democracy, 1945-1999 (Volume III)
Owen Pearson
1845111052
June 2006
Hardcover
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Review
"This is an extraordinary achievement. Owen Pearson has produced a chronicle of modern Albanian history which will be an indispensable reference work for anyone working in this field. This book is a veritable treasury."--Noel Malcolm, All Soul's College, Oxford

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