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: Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania (): Blendi Fevziu, Robert Elsie: Books. Blendi Fevziu’s biography of Enver Hoxha, first published in , comes to an English-speaking audience after a tumultuous reception in. In Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania, Blendi Fevziu provides the first English- language biography of the dictator, drawing upon hitherto.

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Jul 24, Nevi Kaja rated it really liked it. I am Magazine subscriber Newsletter subscriber. In December and February he was an active participant i Tevziu Hoxha: Even though I never lived those terrible years and I didn’t suffer the misery that those poor people did, I now know the reason why this country of full potential, never developed properly.

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Hoxha appeared from nowhere – a political unknown of humble background; in fact, he was not politically active until about when he became leader by default – a compromise candidate. It would have been wiser to present the facts as illustrations for particular general arguments. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Only once the regime collapsed in could his real story be told without fear. It is interesting how we have better histories of North Korea than we do fdvziu Albania.

In addition to the main text, the book includes a chronology of the life of Hoxha, a glossary of key figures, a section of notes, a bibliography and an index.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Enver Hoxha has remained something of an enigma among the leaders of the none West aligned leaders of the European powers. He is described as ‘manouver[ing] skillfully among the various communist leaders, gain[ing] their trust’ before eventually dispatching them often with a bullet in the style of his mentor Stalin. He shared blendu traits with the Soviet dictator.


This interpretation may seem exaggerated for an ordinary politician, but Hoxha indeed rose to absolute power, and the system created by him survived beyond the end of his life for some years. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. See more of my efvziu reviews on my blog, Stephanie Jane In this respect, the present book fills a gap regarding communist Albania and provides fresh encouragement for those studying the history and current political developments of the country.

Suddenly Hoxha, without whom this condemnation would have been impossible, unexpectedly rose in defence of Kadare and approved the book, while calling for minor corrections. Shadows on the Mountain.

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Stalinism, that particularly brutal phase of the Communist experience, came to an end in most of Europe with the death of Stalin in Fecziu was maybe the worst of the Eastern European despots, and Fevziu’s matter-of-factly description is honest but not sensationalistic. Explore the latest social science book reviews by academics and experts.

Nov 05, Teresa rated it liked it Shelves: Well written with a fluent and easy style. Trivia About Enver Hoxha. Click here to cancel reply. His eighty publications included thirteen volumes of memoirs. Whilst some of the names are unfamiliar to many readers the corruption and abuse of power will be familiar to any students of communist history. It was disappointing to learn of underhand Fevzziu interference and finances helping the Communist regime to establish itself as the war ended is there anywhere we haven’t helped to destroy?


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His last visit to a communist country was in A really special story and a must read if you want to know or understand more about Albania, the balkan region and communism. Related articles in Google Scholar. One thing to consider before reading it, is to make sure that you are ready to get inside a vicious and evil world, and the things that you are going to learn are way more horrific than you imagined.

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Group of people led from Hoxha used tactically the wave of rising ideology in Eastern Europe to establish and later to isolate 2 millions Albanians, and to punch down perspective of many more to come in hxoha decades and further. The rest were killed or jailed. Une e kisha te veshtire ta hiqja nga dora. Rethinking the Peruvian Experiment under Military Rule, ed.

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But it also raised a number of questions. No trivia or quizzes yet.

This book, although very factual, is beautifully written, and reads like a gripping novel. The regime that the Albanian dictator Enver Hosha led from until his death in was incomparably severe.