Albanian Identities (Paperback)

Myth and History

By Edited by Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers a (Editor)

Indiana University Press, 9780253215703, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2002

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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, multidisciplinary team of scholars and non-academic specialists, deconstruct prevalent political or historiographical myths about Albania's past and present, bringing to light the ways in which Albanian myths have served to justify and direct violence, buttress political power, and foster internal cohesion. Albanian Identities demonstrates the power of myths to this day, as they underpin political and social processes in crisis-ridden, post-totalitarian Albania.

About the Author

Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is Lecturer and Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.Bernd J. Fischer is Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and author of Albania at War, 1939-1945.