“The attempt has often been made to insinuate into public opinion the belief that between the Guegues and the Tosques there existed ab antiquo a certain discord, even a traditional enmity. Nothing is more incorrect”. (Vasa)
Texts that paved the road to national identities are presented in five volumes: the specimens of primary sources are accompanied by introductory essays and contextual analyses. The collection includes, among others, the program of the League of Prizren from 1878, and The Truth on Albania and Albanians by Pashko Vasa from 1879.
“My entry into Prizren in Mirdita dress caused great attention in the streets. At the hükümet, too”.
During his travels from 1905 onwards, the eccentric paleontologist from Transylvania, Baron Nopcsa sent articles to leading European political newspapers, and got involved in the local power tussles. His memoirs give captivating insight to the fermenting years leading to Albanian independence.
“The Conference of the Ambassadors in London resolved that Gusinje, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren and Dibra would be given to Serbia and Montenegro. Therefore I suspended all further activity relating to Albania."
“Kosovo was only significant for Tirana in the aftermath of the First World War, during and after the Second World War and after the collapse of Albanian Communism. The years between these episodes were marked by disinterest in the fate of Kosovo.” These four critical junctures in Albania’s relationship with Kosovo are observed with the help of documents in the collective volume on ideologies and national identities. (This CEU Press title has been adopted for courses at a number of American universities.)
The book on education policies in former Yugoslavia and some of its successor states tells the whole winding story from the first student unrests in 1968 up to our days, when besides the leading higher education institution of Kosova there exists also a “University of Priština temporarily located in Kosovska Mitrovica.”
“In Kosovo today, the most influential actors in the political arena are: the leaders of the political parties, other top party members, top officials of the international organizations residing in Kosovo, top Kosovar bureaucrats, and the US Ambassador to Kosovo. However, it is generally accepted that the leaders of organized crime networks and strong clans have some influence over Kosovar politics as well”.
Seventeen essays discuss the historical roots of the conflict, explore various facets of Kosovo today, and examine the development of democratic practices and liberal values in Europe's newest state.