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Macedonia: 22 Killed as Police and Militants Clash Click Here to Open in a New Window
Eight police officers and 14 suspected members of an Albanian rebel group have been killed in fighting in a northern Macedonian town, the authorities said Sunday.
05/11/2015 12:00 AM

Fear of Stowaways as Ferry Death Toll Off Coast of Greece Rises to 13 Click Here to Open in a New Window
The ship that caught fire on Sunday was being towed to Italy, where authorities were trying to determine how many people had boarded and how many had been rescued.
12/31/2014 12:00 AM

Serbia: Visit by Albania’s Premier Fails to Reduce Tensions Click Here to Open in a New Window
The prime ministers of Serbia and Albania pledged Monday to put their differences aside and focus on their mutual desire to join the European Union — but the good feelings did not last until the end of their joint news conference.
11/11/2014 12:00 AM

Serbia and Albania Are Penalized Click Here to Open in a New Window
Serbia and Albania were punished for on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium during their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade last week.
10/25/2014 12:00 AM

Albanian Premier Postpones Serbia Trip After Episode at Soccer Match Click Here to Open in a New Window
Prime Minister Edi Rama was scheduled to visit Belgrade, the Serbian capital, on Wednesday, the first trip there by an Albanian government leader since 1946.
10/21/2014 12:00 AM

Drone Stunt at Belgrade Soccer Match Stirs Ethnic Tensions Click Here to Open in a New Window
An Albanian nationalist banner flown over a stadium in the Serbian capital ignited a brawl on the field and went on to provoke a full-scale diplomatic incident.
10/18/2014 12:00 AM

Soccer Match in Serbia Erupts in Riot Set Off by Drone Click Here to Open in a New Window
A match between the national teams of Serbia and Albania collapsed in chaos caused by a drone carrying a political message.
10/15/2014 12:00 AM

Drone Pulling Albanian Flag Sets Off Skirmish at Euro Qualifier in Serbia Click Here to Open in a New Window
The referee interrupted the match in the 41st minute when one of the Serbia players grabbed the flag and Albania players tried to protect it. The match was later abandoned.
10/15/2014 12:00 AM

Hunting for the Source of the World’s Most Beguiling Folk Music Click Here to Open in a New Window
A moving song by a Greek violinist led the writer to a hillside village across the ocean.
09/28/2014 12:00 AM

Mutual Split for Portugal and Coach Click Here to Open in a New Window
Portugal Coach Paulo Bento has left the team because of poor results, including a 1-0 home loss to Albania on Sunday.
09/12/2014 12:00 AM

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Albania (Bradt Travel Guides)
by Gillian GloyerSearch for Gillian Gloyer
$10.50 new/used

The most comprehensive guide to Albania available is published in a new edition, updated throughout and with re-drawn maps to show newly constructed and upgraded roads. New material has been added to expand coverage of outdoor activities. Albania boasts several world heritage sites and thanks to the increasingly stable political situation tourism to the country has grown rapidly in recent years, especially amongst backpackers, archaeology enthusiasts, outdoor activity fans and ornithologists. The author has lived and worked in Albania, speaks the language well and continues to visit regularly.
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Albania A narrative of recent travel
by E. F. (Edward Frederick) KnightSearch for E. F. (Edward Frederick) Knight

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
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Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe
by Fred AbrahamsSearch for Fred Abrahams
$39.91 new/used

In the early 1990s, Albania, Europe's most closed and repressive state, began a startling transition out of forty years of self-imposed Communist isolation. Previously, under strict dictatorial rule, Albanians were not allowed to practice religion, travel abroad, wear jeans, or read "decadent" Western literature. Newly embracing the free market and the possibilities of elected government, Albanians began to devour the outside world. They opened cafs, shops, and newspapers. Previously banned rock music blared in the streets. But the trouble was far from over for modern Albania; in the years that followed, the nation would be wracked with stolen elections, corruption scandals, violent protests, and the specter of an uncertain future.

Modern Albania offers a vivid history of the Albanian Communist regime's fall and the trials and tribulations that led the country to become the state it is today. The book provides an in-depth look at the Communists' last Politburo meetings and the first student revolts, the fall of the Stalinist regime, the outflows of refugees, the crash of the massive pyramid schemes, the war in neighboring Kosovo, and Albania's evolving relationship with the United States. Fred Abrahams weaves together personal experience from more than twenty years of work in Albania, interviews with key Albanians and foreigners who played a role in the country's politics--including former Politburo members, opposition leaders, intelligence agents, diplomats, and founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army--and a close examination of hundreds of previously secret government records from Albania and the United States. Documenting the nation's path from isolated dictatorship to a fledgling, pluralist democracy, Abrahams deftly explores how far Albania has come and how far it still has to go.

A rich, narratively-driven account, Modern Albania gives readers a front-row seat to the last battle of Cold War Europe.
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Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Marika McAdam, James Bainbridge, Mark Baker, Peter Dragicevich, Mark Elliott, Tom Masters, Craig McLachlan, Anja Mutic, Tamara Sheward
$16.99 new/used

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the castles and mountains of Transylvania, walk the walls of Dubrovnik's picturesque old town and relax on the beaches of southern Turkey, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southeastern Europe and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Southeastern Europe Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - covering history, popular culture, food & drink, literature, wildlife and landscapes
  • Over 80 maps
  • Useful features - including Itineraries, Month by Month (annual festival calendar) and extensive Language section
  • Coverage of Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out the relevant Lonely Planet Travel Guides, our most comprehensive guides that both cover the top sights and take the roads less travelled, or Lonely Planet's Discover Guides, which are photo-rich guides to those destinations' most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Marika McAdam, Alexis Averbuck, James Bainbridge, Mark Baker, Chris Deliso, Peter Dragicevich, Mark Elliott, Tom Masters, Craig McLachlan, Anja Mutic, Tamara Sheward

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)
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Albania: Portrait of a Country in Transition
by Clarissa de WaalSearch for Clarissa de Waal
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Catapulted from totalitarianism to free market capitalism in 1991, Albania emerged from half a century of isolation to find itself an anomaly in Europe: a third world country economically, but first world in terms of education, literature and the arts. How has Albania transformed since then? Clarissa de Waal here explains Albania's 'transition' from Communism via the experiences of a diverse range of families, highland villagers, urban elite and shanty dwellers - whose lives she has followed since 1992. De Waal shows that whilst the archaic world of customary law continues to pervade highland life, and squatters on state farmland live under constant threat of eviction, members of the ex-communist elite in Tirana embrace rentier capitalism. Albania, it seems, is a country wracked by contradictions.

With unparalleled insights into the region, this book is a unique history told from the perspective of the participants. It will inform and engage all those interested in Albania and south-east Europe, and prove essential reading for students and specialists.

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Albania's Mountain Queen: Edith Durham and the Balkans
by Marcus TannerSearch for Marcus Tanner
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Young ladies in the Victorian and Edwardian eras were not expected to travel unaccompanied, and certainly not to the remote corners of Southeast Europe, then part of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. But Edith Durham was no ordinary lady. In 1900, at the age of 37, Durham set sail for the Balkans for the first time, a trip which changed the course of her life. Her experiences kindled a profound love of the region which saw her return frequently in the following decades. She became a confidante of the King of Montenegro, ran a hospital in Macedonia and, following the outbreak of the First Balkan War in 1912, became one of the world's first female war correspondents. Her popularity in the region earned her the affectionate title 'Queen of the Mountains' and she is fondly remembered in Albania until this day. Marcus Tanner here tells the fascinating story of Durham's relationship with the Balkans, painting a vivid portrait of a remarkable, if sometimes formidable, woman.

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Albania in a Nutshell: A Brief History and Chronology of Events (Albanian Studies) (Volume 7)
by Robert ElsieSearch for Robert Elsie
$10.44 new/used

Albania is a small country in southeastern Europe. It is situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the southwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula and borders on Montenegro to the north, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south. But a few decades ago, Albania was something of a curiosity on Planet Earth. Perhaps only North Korea was as isolated from the rest of the world as Albania was. For left-wing idealists, it was a distant Shangri-la where all social inequalities had been done away with; for those few individuals with concrete knowledge of the realities of the Stalinist regime that held power until 1990, and for the vast majority of people living in Albania, it was hell on earth. Despite its sombre past, Albania is, in essence, a European nation like any other and will soon, it is to be hoped, advance and take its proper place in Europe and the world. This book provides a short overview of the history of Albania for the general reader.
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Albania: The Bradt Travel Guide
by Gillian GloyerSearch for Gillian Gloyer
$2.83 new/used

Albania is perhaps the last hidden corner of eastern Europe, newly opening its frontiers to travelers after decades of tyranny and instability. The Bradt guide to Albania takes a fresh look at how and where to explore the heritage of a country influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Italians, and Turks--who have all left their mark on the landscape and culture. Albania boasts breathtaking natural beauty, splendid and empty beaches, excellent local wines, a Mediterranean climate, and a tradition of hospitality making it a potentially prime vacation destination easily accessible by air, ferry via the Greek islands and Italy, or even by road via mainland Greece, Montenegro, or Kosovo. In addition to all the usual practical information, there is a detailed and easy-to-follow guide to the Albanian language.

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The Tribes of Albania: History, Society and Culture (Library of Balkan Studies)
by Robert ElsieSearch for Robert Elsie
$87.11 new/used

Northern Albania and Montenegro are the only regions in Europe to have retained a true tribal society up to the mid-twentieth century. This book provides the first scholarly investigation of this tribal society, a pioneer work that offers a detailed survey of all the major Albanian-speaking tribes in Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo. Robert Elsie provides comprehensive material on the 69 different tribes, including data on their locations, religious affiliations, tribal structures and relations, population statistics, tribal folklore, legends and history. Also included are excerpts from the works of prominent nineteenth and early-twentieth century writers, such as Edith Durham and Johann Georg von Hahn, who travelled through the tribal regions, as well as short biographies on prominent figures linked to the tribes. As the first book of its kind, The Tribes of Albania will be of interest to scholars and students of the Balkans, of southeastern European anthropology, ethnography and history.
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Albania Travel Guide: Albania Travel Guide For First-Time Visitors

Albania is a beautiful scenic country that you should visit in your lifetime. Albania is a natural beauty and it is currently a growing tourist destination.
This book will take you on a virtual tour to the beautiful country of Albania. It is your ultimate guide to travelling to Albania. In this book, you?ll learn:
The rich history of Albania - You will discover the rich cultural heritage of this beautiful country.

How to get to Albania -This book contains valuable information on how to get to Albania. It contains airport guides and flight information. This book will make it easier for you to travel to Albania whether you are traveling by land, by rail, by boat, or if you traveling in an airplane.

What you should know before going to Albania ? This book contains information that you need to know before traveling to Albania. It contains valuable information about Albania?s culture and language. You will also get to know about Albania?s reputation and some precautions. In this book, you will discover that it is safe to travel to Albania.

How to move around Albania ? This book contains valuable information about how to move around when you are in this beautiful country.

What to see and visit when you are in Albania ? This book contains the famous tourist destinations that you should visit when you are in te country. This book contains useful information on the architectural and natural gems of Albania.

Food and Dining in Albania ? This book also contains information about the best dishes and the best restaurant that you should not miss.
This book will ensure that your travel and vacation in Albania is smooth, hassle-free, and stress-free.
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