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Albania in the Twentieth Century, A History: Volume I: Albania and King Zog, 1908-39 [Hardcover]

Owen Pearson

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Feb. 2 2006 1845110137 978-1845110130 1
Albania in the Twentieth Century: A History represents an unparalleled achievement in scholarship on Albania. Owen Pearson presents a complete account of the twentieth century in Albania, from its breakaway from the Ottoman Empire in 1908 to the Kosova War in 1999. In fascinating detail, Pearson chronicles the monarchy of King Zog and the wartime period where Albania became a battleground for the Greek, Italian and German armies. He describes Enver Hoxha's seizure of power, the country's fraught relationship with the post-Stalin Soviet Union and Maoist China's fraternal embrace of Albania, all leading to near-total isolationism and inevitable economic collapse. Pearson concludes with the genocide of Kosovar Albanians at the hands of the Serbian regime of Milosevic that characterised the last decade of twentieth century Albania. Comprising original research, and excerpts from rare Albanian sources, this is a compendium of primary source material that provides a year-by-year and sometimes day-by-day account of Albania's modern history. It is an essential reference for all those interested in Albanian Balkan and Eastern European history.
I.B.Tauris in association with the Center for Albanian Studies.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris; 1 edition (Feb. 2 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845110137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845110130
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 5.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,450,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Owen Pearson is a private scholar with a longstanding interest in Albania.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Look into it before you buy it Jan. 24 2010
By M. Janeczko - Published on Amazon.com
The book is a wealth of information, and it is one of the only good, all-encompassing books on albanian history. But make sure you know that it is a chronological history, almost a medieval-style chronicle. There is almost no overall theme or story from the author, and we get very little of the author's own views, it is simply a day-by-day, month-by-month history of Albania in the 20th century. If you know Albanian history rather well, read this to enhance your knowledge. If you are trying to get to learn Albanian history, read something else first, probably Edwin Jacques' 'The Albanians' is the best introductory all-serving book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The history of the Albanian state in English Feb. 21 2006
By Piro - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first concise and complete history of the modern Albanian state in English. A chronological order of events following the years of independence to the consolidation of the Albania state and the Albanian Monarchy. Pearson provides a detailed and vivid account of Albanian political personalities and the overall political environment of the time. The book is objective and free of any domestic or international political biases, which is difficult to maintain given the regions turbulent past. Recommended for anyone interested in Albanian studies, Balkan or Eastern European history.

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