Historical Dictionary of Kosovo
As the seventh and probably last state to arise from the ruins of the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo is the newest country in Europe. For centuries, Kosovo, also known as Kosova, was part of the Ottoman Empire, and for most of the 20th century, it was a province of what was once Yugoslavia. After the military conflict in 1998-1999 and a period of administration by the United Nations, Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008. Focusing not only on Kosovo's turbulent recent years, the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Kosovo also relates the country's rich culture and long history. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, and events; institutions and organizations; and political, economic, social, cultural, and religious facets. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Kosovo.
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Updating the 2004 edition, released when Kosovo was still a Serbian province, this indispensable subject guide aims to increase our understanding of Europe's newest country while incorporating developments occurring since its February 2008 declaration of independence. Elsie (Historical Dictionary of Albania) opens with a chronology, dating from 547 C.E. Four hundred alphabetically organized and highly accessible entries follow, each running several paragraphs and offering a summary explanation of the people, places, organizations, events, and customs that have defined the country's turbulent history. Perhaps of greatest value to researchers is the spectacular, thematically divided 89-page bibliography. An essential reference for a previously underrecognized subject.
Robert Elsie is a credible source of historic, linguistic and political references from Kosovo and the Albanian-speaking regions of Balkans. Due to his in-depth knowledge of the language and the people, he was hired to work as an expert in the War Crimes Court ICTY, working on trials against dictator Milosevic. This dictionary should be handy for anyone that needs an overview of principle characters and events in Kosovo's history.
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix A Overview of Major Place Names in and around Kosovo
Appendix B List of Heads of Government and States
Appendix C List of Kosovo Political Parties and Organizations
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