Albanian history and society are permeated with myths and mythical narratives, which often serve political purposes. On the basis of myths, collective identities are ideologically defined, social boundaries and exclusion and inclusion justified, images of friend and foe constructed, and feelings of belonging, pride, trust or suspicion evoked. Albanian history and politics have explicitly shown, not least in the Kosovo war, how myths are used to justify and direct violence, how attention is distracted from responsibilities, and how power and internal cohesion is established through selectively omitting, reproducing or (re)-inventing myths. While all modern states, including developed democratic ones, are susceptible to the power of myth, the extent to which myths are challenged in any given society reflects the political character of the state. Crisis-ridden Albania provides a test case that demonstrates how myths operate in post-totalitarian regimes and how they underpin political and social processes. The book critically de-constructs Albanian myths and offers insights into Albanian history and politics. It concludes with contemporary Albanian critiques of the origins and function of Albanian politics and ideologies.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Weight: 406 g
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