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Albania and Kosovo

Albania and Kosovo
Political and Ethnic Boundaries 1867–1946
Hardback Document and Boxed Map Set

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  • Date Published: January 1999
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  • format: Mixed media product
  • isbn: 9781852079109

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  • This two volume set of documents and maps provides the historical background appropriate to understanding the present Balkan crisis. It makes available the essential historical texts and maps determining the formation of boundaries in the Kosovo region. Treaties, political reports and diplomatic correspondence have been selected from British government files to show the main historical developments in territorial relations between Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece. The collection begins with the rise of Balkan nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century, and ends with the provisional Government of Albania set up in 1944, turning away from its original close links with Yugoslavia, fearing Yugoslav expansionism, and seeking alliances with China and other Communist powers.

    • Facsimile collections of key documents from archive sources
    • Previously unknown or fragmented material now available in a coherent collection
    • Carefully selected and edited for maximum value to researchers and scholars
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    • Date Published: January 1999
    • Format: Mixed media product
    • Isbn: 9781852079109
    • Length: 1100 pages
    • Dimensions: 280 x 203 x 145 mm
    • Weight: 2.91kg
    • Availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
    • Paper: Printed on acid free paper
    • Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
    • Resume

      This two volume set of documents and maps provides the historical background appropriate to understanding the present Balkan crisis. It makes available the essential historical texts and maps determining the formation of boundaries in the Kosovo region. Treaties, political reports and diplomatic correspondence have been selected from British government files to show the main historical developments in territorial relations between Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece.

      The collection begins with the rise of Balkan nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century, and ends with the provisional Government of Albania set up in 1944, turning away from its original close links with Yugoslavia, fearing Yugoslav expansionism, and seeking alliances with China and other Communist powers.

    • Historical Overview

      The collection begins with the rise of Balkan nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century. This important period establishes the basis for much of the modern conflict between the Balkan States. The Treaty of Berlin in 1878 not only denied the Albanians their independence then, but started what is seen as the first partition of Albania, so that when Albania came to declare independence in 1912 almost half the population was resident in neighbouring states.

      Following Italian occupation in 1914, by 1920, Albania had resumed its independence and a republic was declared in 1925. Albania was occupied again by Italy during World War Two, and then by Germany between 1943-44. When the provisional Government set up in 1944 it was a Communist regime with close links to Yugoslavia, but subsequently, fearing Yugoslav expansionism, Albania turned away from Yugoslavia and sought alliances with China and other Communist powers

    • Documentary Importance

      Documents include:

      1878 - Vice-Consul Harry Cooper: despatch from Prishtina
      1878 - Protest of Albanians against union with Greece
      1878 - Inhabitants of over 100 Albanian villages in the Topliza and Vranja valleys driven from their homes by the Serbian army
      1878-80 - Reports of Consul Kirby Green from Scutari on Albanian League of Prizren
      1880 - Great Britain's attitude towards Albania
      1880 - Lord Fitzmaurice and Lord Goshen on united Albania
      1881 - Reports of Maj. Ardagh on Greek-Turkish frontier
      1883 - Some observations on the present state of Dardania (Kosovo) by Arthur Evans
      1890 - The Turco-Greek frontier geographically and strategically considered
      1912-13 - The independence of Albania
      1912-13 - Vice-Consul Peckham reports on Balkan wars
      1913 - The occupation of Kosovo by Serbia
      1912-13 - Serbian atrocities in Albania and Kosovo
      1913 - The question of boundaries of Albania
      1913 - Greek atrocities in south Albania
      1913 - Memorandum on condition of Serb inhabitants of Kosovo communicated by the Serbian Consul at Uskup
      1919-20 - The Peace Conference and boundaries settlement
      1918 - Memorandum on Albania by the Very Rev. Fan S. Noli
      1919 - Proposed settlement of Albania': Maj. Barnes and Maj. Temperley
      1919 - Yugoslavian territorial claims
      1919 - Report of committee on Greek territorial claims
      1921 - Military aspect of Albanian frontier question
      1922-26 - Proceedings of the Serbo-Albanian boundary commission
      1937 - Dr Cubrilovic's proposal for the expulsion of the Albanians
      1942-46 - The Albano-Yugoslav frontier
      1942-46 - The Greek-Albanian frontier

      MAPS
      The map box provides a sequence of ethnographic maps of the Kosovo region from 1730-1913.
      01. Ethnographische Uebersicht des Europaeischen Orients. H. Kiepert, Berlin, 1876.

      02. Albania as claimed by the Albanians. First published in: The Albanian Committee,
      The Plea of Albania, London 1913.
      03. Répartition Générale de la Population en Albanie non comprise lors de la Délimitation en 1913. Paris 1918.
       
      04. Répartition de la Population des Villes d'Albanie après la Délimitation en 1913.

      05. Carte de l'Etat Albanais. Showing Boundaries included and not included in the Delimitation of 1913.

      06. Map of Northern Albania showing Distribution of Tribes. Admiralty War Staff, London, 1916.

      07. Carte Ethnographique de la Péninsule des Balkans. First published in: J. Cvijic, La Péninsule Balkanique, Géographie Humaine.

      08. Map of Albania showing Albanian, Serbian and Greek Frontier Proposals. War Office, London 1918.

      09. [Greek-Albanian] Frontier Lines proposed at the Peace Conference, 1919. Foreign Office, London, 1919.
      10. Carte Ethnographique de l'Albanie. Prepared for the Albanian Delegation to the Peace Conference, 1919.

      11. [Part of] Map showing Spheres of Influence in Albania and Bordering Territories, 1920.

      12. Balkan Frontiers (West). Foreign Office Research Department, London, 1944.

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    B. Destani

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