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Greater Albania - The Next Crisis in the Balkans?
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Balkans has suffered from quite a few problems as a result of the countless ambitious endeavors for great states of the ethnic groups residing in the Peninsula. The most recent great state idea to have caused troubles in the region is the Serbs’ Great Serbia (i.e. Yugoslvia), which caused a cycle of wars, the latest one being the war in Kosovo in the late 1990s. This thesis attempts to evaluate the rumors of yet another great state in the making – or rather awakening again: the attempt at a Greater Albania, and whether the Albanians in the Balkans are still harboring the idea of any such state. Particular emphasis is placed upon the following questions:

 

  • Where does the idea of a Greater Albania stem from?
  • Is a Greater Albania today still on the Albanians’ agenda as a real political plan?
  • What speaks for and against a Greater Albania? Is the idea even feasible?

 

The findings indicate that none of the Albanian communities residing in the Balkan region wish for a Greater Albania, nor do their leaders. The Serbs nonetheless maintain that an Albanian threat exists and has done so ever since 1878 when the idea of a Greater Albania first arose. However, according to the results of this study, their claims lack credibility. Everything indicates that today, and with Albania striving for membership in the European Union, the idea of a Greater Albania has been left in the past.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , p. 68
Keywords [en]
Greater Albania, Greater Serbia, nationalism, Kosovo
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-5430OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-5430DiVA, id: diva2:224406
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Available from: 2009-06-29 Created: 2009-06-17 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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