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The Albanian question : reshaping the Balkans /
James Pettifer and Miranda Vickers.
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London : I.B. Tauris, 2009.
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xxiii, 312 p. : ill., maps.
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1848850956, 9781848850958
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London : I.B. Tauris, 2009.
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1848850956
9781848850958
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7019676
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
James Pettifer is author of The New Macedonian Question, Blue Guide to Albania and Kosovo and also, with Miranda Vickers, Albania: From Anarchy to a Balkan identity and other books on the region. Miranda Vickers is the author of Between Serb and Albanian: A History of Kosovo and the Albanians: A Modern History.
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Review Quotes
"This pioneering book, by two foremost experts on Albanian affairs...is a brilliant account of key events in recent Balkan history."--John Phillips,The Tablet"They are to be congratulated on the objective way in which they have presented the Albanian history of the last ten years"--Tom Winnifrith,Times Literary Supplement"Pettifer and Vickers provide a first-class analysis of the always intricate, and at times convoluted, relationships between Albania's political elites and the ethnic Albanian communities of neighboring countries."--Gabriel Partos,TransitionsOnline"a very detailed account of some aspects of the transition to democracy in Albania and the relationship of Albania to surrounding Balkan states, in particular Serbia and Kosovo."--John Loughlin, Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University and Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's College, Oxford"Anyone with a general and professional interest in Albania and the Balkans would benefit from this meticulously researched book." -- Gezim Alpion,JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN EUROPE AND THE BALKANS, August 2007
"This pioneering book, by two foremost experts on Albanian affairs...is a brilliant account of key events in recent Balkan history." -- John Phillips, The Tablet "They are to be congratulated on the objective way in which they have presented the Albanian history of the last ten years" -- Tom Winnifrith, Times Literary Supplement "Pettifer and Vickers provide a first-class analysis of the always intricate, and at times convoluted, relationships between Albania's political elites and the ethnic Albanian communities of neighboring countries." -- Gabriel Partos, Transitions Online "a very detailed account of some aspects of the transition to democracy in Albania and the relationship of Albania to surrounding Balkan states, in particular Serbia and Kosovo." -- John Loughlin, Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University and Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's College, Oxford "Anyone with a general and professional interest in Albania and the Balkans would benefit from this meticulously researched book." -- Gezim Alpion, JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN EUROPE AND THE BALKANS , August 2007
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Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008 - and the overt manipulation of this precedent by Russia in its war with Georgia and South Ossetia shortly afterwards - has focused the world's attention once again on the Balkans. But Albania's role within the region remains little known and less understood. In this revised edition of a major work of contemporary history, two well-known and internationally-respected authorities elucidate Albania's place in the Balkans, from the explosion of violence in the 1990s, which brought the country to the brink of civil war, to the present day. Since 1997, the Albanian region has been forced simultaneously to come to terms with the realities of a post-Communist world and the threat of Slobodan Milosevic's 'Greater Serbia' project. Its people, the authors argue, are involved in the process of national self-emancipation: the re-establishment of free markets and ending of Communist border controls have renewed long dormant cultural and economic links between the Albanian people and the wider region. The future of the Albanians in the Balkans is the most pressing issue in the region today, a fact which the West must pay close heed to if this long neglected nation is to become a European partner. Indeed, the authors argue, in this rapidly evolving political climate, failure to come to terms with the importance of the Albanian question could return the region as a whole to armed conflict.
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Since 1997, the Albanian region has been forced simultaneously to come to terms with the realities of a post-Communist world and the threat of Slobodan Milosevic's 'Greater Serbia' project. Its people, the authors argue, are involved in the process of national self-emancipation: the re-establishment of free markets and ending of Communist border controls have renewed long dormant cultural and economic links between the Albanian people and the wider region. In this book, the authors argue that in this rapidly evolving political climate, failure to come to terms with the importance of the Albanian question could return the region as a whole to armed conflict.
Main Description
In 1997 the previously little-known and isolated Balkan country of Albania exploded as the first armed uprising in mainland Europe since the 1920s brought the country to the brink of civil war. As the violence spread first to neighbouring Kosovo, then to south-east Serbia and finally to Former Yugoslav Macedonia, the Albanian question increasingly took centre stage in world affairs. In this major new work of contemporary history, two well-known and internationally-recognised authorities elucidate Albania's place in the Balkans, a region which has been forced simultaneously to come to terms with the realities of a post-Communist world and the threat of Slobodan Milosevic's 'Greater Serbia' project. The Albanian people, the authors, argue are involved in the process of national self-emancipation: the reestablishment of free markets and ending of Communist border controls have renewed long dormant cultural and economic links between the Albanian people and the wider region. The future of the Albanians in the Balkans is the most pressing issue in the region today, a fact which the West must pay close heed to if this long neglected nation is to become a European partner. Indeed, the authors argue, failure to come to terms with the importance of the Albanian question could return the region as a whole to armed conflict. Albania is Europe's fastest growing and youngest nation and occupies a key strateigic position in the region. As such many wider geopolitical issues are related to the Albanian national question. As well as providing a clear and authoritative account of the events which led to the Kosovan war, Miranda Vickers and James Pettifer's new book explores the implications for the Balkans and Europe at large of the Albanian question.
Main Description
Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008 -- and the overt manipulation of this precedent by Russia in its war with Georgia and South Ossetia shortly afterwards -- has focused the world's attention once again on the Balkans. But Albania's role within the region remains little known and less understood. In this revised edition of a major work of contemporary history, two well-known and internationally-respected authorities elucidate Albania's place in the Balkans, from the explosion of violence in the 1990s, which brought the country to the brink of civil war, to the present day.Since 1997, the Albanian region has been forced simultaneously to come to terms with the realities of a post-Communist world and the threat of Slobodan Milosevic's 'Greater Serbia' project. Its people, the authors argue, are involved in the process of national self-emancipation: the re-establishment of free markets and ending of Communist border controls have renewed long dormant cultural and economic links between the Albanian people and the wider region.The future of the Albanians in the Balkans is the most pressing issue in the region today, a fact which the West must pay close heed to if this long neglected nation is to become a European partner. Indeed, the authors argue, in this rapidly evolving political climate, failure to come to terms with the importance of the Albanian question could return the region as a whole to armed conflict.
Main Description
Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008 -- and the overt manipulation of this precedent by Russia in its war with Georgia and South Ossetia shortly afterwards -- has focused the world's attention once again on the Balkans. But Albania's role within the region remains little known and less understood. In this revised edition of a major work of contemporary history, two well-known and internationally-respected authorities elucidate Albania's place in the Balkans, from the explosion of violence in the 1990s, which brought the country to the brink of civil war, to the present day. Since 1997, the Albanian region has been forced simultaneously to come to terms with the realities of a post-Communist world and the threat of Slobodan Milosevic's 'Greater Serbia' project. Its people, the authors argue, are involved in the process of national self-emancipation: the re-establishment of free markets and ending of Communist border controls have renewed long dormant cultural and economic links between the Albanian people and the wider region. The future of the Albanians in the Balkans is the most pressing issue in the region today, a fact which the West must pay close heed to if this long neglected nation is to become a European partner. Indeed, the authors argue, in this rapidly evolving political climate, failure to come to terms with the importance of the Albanian question could return the region as a whole to armed conflict.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In 1997 Albania staged the first armed uprising in Europe since the 1920s, bringing the country to the brink of civil war. In this book, two internationally-recognised authorities on the 'Albanian question' consider the country in the context of the greater political situation in the Balkans.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Mapsp. viii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Chronology of Eventsp. xi
Language and Terminologyp. xiii
Map of Albania, Kosova and Regionp. xiv
Introduction to the Paperback Editionp. xvi
Prefacep. xix
1997 - The Crisis of Post-Communist Albaniap. 1
The Pyramid Banking Crisis and the Democratic Party Governmentp. 3
The March Uprisingp. 19
Political Crisis and Government Transitionp. 36
The Struggle for Powerp. 51
The Crisis in Northern Albaniap. 53
Operation Albap. 65
The Revival of Socialist Power and the Royalist Challengep. 79
The Kosova Dimension of the National Questionp. 93
Tirana, the Crisis in Kosova and the Origins of the KLAp. 95
The Kosova War: The First Offensivep. 111
Tirana and the Growing International Crisisp. 127
The Political Crisis in Albaniap. 141
Northern Developments - Preparing for a Coup dÆÉtatp. 143
The Assassination of Azem Hajdari and the Attempted Coupp. 158
Albania and the Deepening Kosova Conflictp. 171
The Spread of Warp. 173
Tirana and the January Political Crisisp. 188
Rambouillet and NATO Commitmentp. 201
The Kosova Refugee Crisis in the Regionp. 214
The New Albanian Space and the Futurep. 227
Tirana and the New Kosovap. 229
Preshevo, Macedonia and the National Questionp. 242
Pan-Albanianism: Tirana and the Wider Albanian Worldp. 257
Appendixp. 267
Notesp. 269
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 299
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