Editor: Bejtullah Destani
Author:N/A ISBN: (10) 1-85207-910-X Published: 1999 Paper: Printed on acid free paper Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish See sample pages:
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.
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.
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