Albanian Identities: Myth and History

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Editors: Schwandner-Sievers, S. and Fischer, B.J.

Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9781850655725

Albanian history is permeated by myths and mythicalnarratives that often serve political purposes, from the depiction of the legendary "founder ofthe nation," Skanderbeg, to the exploits of the KLA in the recent Kosovo War. The essays inAlbanian Identities, by a multinational, multidisciplinary team of scholars and non-academicspecialists, deconstruct prevalent political or historiographical myths about Albania's pastand present, bringing to light the ways in which Albanian myths have served to justify and directviolence, buttress political power, and foster internal cohesion. Albanian Identities demonstratesthe power of myths to this day, as they underpin political and social processes incrisis-ridden, post-totalitarian Albania.

This source preferred by Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers

Editors: Schwandner-Sievers, S. and Fischer, B.J.

Publisher: C. Hurst & Co. Publishers

Place of Publication: London

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.

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