By Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Bernd J. Fischer
''... a pioneering attempt in English-language reviews on Albania.'' -- Nicholas C. Pano
Albanian historical past is permeated through myths and legendary narratives that regularly serve political reasons, from the depiction of the mythical ''founder of the nation,'' Skanderbeg, to the exploits of the KLA within the contemporary Kosovo conflict. The essays in Albanian Identities, by way of a multinational, multidisciplinary group of students and non-academic experts, deconstruct widely used political or historiographical myths approximately Albania's prior and current, bringing to mild the ways that Albanian myths have served to justify and direct violence, buttress political energy, and foster inner harmony. Albanian Identities demonstrates the facility of myths to at the present time, as they underpin political and social methods in crisis-ridden, post-totalitarian Albania.
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