Albanian Identities: Myth and History by Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Bernd J. Fischer PDF
By Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Bernd J. Fischer
''... a pioneering attempt in English-language experiences on Albania.'' -- Nicholas C. Pano
Albanian historical past is permeated by means of myths and legendary narratives that frequently serve political reasons, from the depiction of the mythical ''founder of the nation,'' Skanderbeg, to the exploits of the KLA within the fresh Kosovo conflict. The essays in Albanian Identities, through a multinational, multidisciplinary group of students and non-academic experts, deconstruct commonly used political or historiographical myths approximately Albania's previous and current, bringing to mild the ways that Albanian myths have served to justify and direct violence, buttress political strength, and foster inner solidarity. Albanian Identities demonstrates the facility of myths to this present day, as they underpin political and social approaches in crisis-ridden, post-totalitarian Albania.
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Albanian Identities: Myth and History by Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Bernd J. Fischer