The Shining Beacon of Socialism in Europe: The Albanian State and Society in the Period of Communist Dictatorship, 1944-1992 by Tadeusz CzekalskiThe Shining Beacon of Socialism in Europe: The Albanian State and Society in the Period of Communist Dictatorship, 1944-1992 by Tadeusz Czekalski

The Shining Beacon of Socialism in Europe: The Albanian State and Society in the Period of…

byTadeusz Czekalski

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In the history of European communist dictatorships, the Albanian case deserves particular attention. Half a century of Albanian communism saw an attempt to apply the model of forceful industrialisation, combined with a brutal and multifarious indoctrination of society, to a backward country which had lived in traditional tribal structures. In Albania, the model of power which was called Stalinist in Europe proved particularly durable and impossible to verify through demographic and generational changes. This work is the first to analyse the process of the ideologisation of the state and its impact on the economic, social, and cultural life. An important asset of the book is its extensive use of Albanian source materials as well as works of Albanian historians.

Tadeusz Czekalski is a historian and specialist in the Balkans employed in the Institute of History at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He has authored books on the 20th century history of Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece as well as the transformation of morals and customs during the communist times. His research interests include ...
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Title:The Shining Beacon of Socialism in Europe: The Albanian State and Society in the Period of…Format:PaperbackDimensions:170 pagesPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Jagiellonian University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:832333515X

ISBN - 13:9788323335153

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The author has an excellent understanding of Albanians due to his knowledge of the Albanian language, even including local dialects. This enabled him to explore Albanian archives efficiently and to reach the people who created the most recent history of this unjustly forgotten country.