: 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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He achieved this through executing his political opponents, or imprisoning them for long periods, and by evicting their families from their homes to remote villages which were strictly controlled. In December and February he was an active participant in the students’ movement that brought the change of regime in Albania. At times the focus seemed to be almost exclusively on those who were persecuted, imprisoned or killed by Hoxha.

Simeon Mitropolitski particularly recommends this read to those looking to widen their understanding and knowledge of Albania and its history.

Using archival documents and first-hand interviews, Hlxha journalist Blendi Fevziu pieces together the life of this tyrannical ruler, in a biography which will be essential reading for anyone interested in Balkan history and communist studies.

With a combination of self-criticism and clever delay tactics Hoxha was able to take the wind out of the oppositions sails before dividing and disposing of them in what was by then time honoured fashion and remained so for his reign.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. These limitations notwithstanding, the book is a very useful read both for people curious to learn more about Albania, and also for those who will update their knowledge of one of the most mysterious post-communist countries in Europe.

The book was interesting, educational and a pleasing look into the subject of Albania under Hoxha. In contrast Hoxha seems to have mobilised and united an entire country and applied Lenninist lessons in breaking eggs to the extent that opposition became unthinkable, that and managing to impose revziu his forces an effective command structure which the allies recognised as highly blndi. A really special story and a must read if you want to know or understand more about Albania, the balkan region and communism.

Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania: Blendi Fevziu: Robert Elsie:

Jul 31, Albatros Rexhaj rated it it was amazing. The answer may be obvious for Albanian readers who feel these legacies and remember the totalitarian past; it is, however, not obvious for those who have never been to Albania, and especially for those for whom this book represents their first encounter with the country. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.


He never discusses the possibility that Hoxha had a comprehensive personality that found its best expression in brutal and generous actions. Blendi Fevziu, while no apologist for Hoxha, presents here probably the best English language biography of Enver Hoxha based on a range of state archive documentation, interviews and diaries and letters of key actors.

It is interesting to see how Hoxha was a beneficiary of the support of leading Albanian nationalists in his early years who helped him through an education he seemed to have no interest in then in finding employment he had little more time for. Interesting biography about such a strange part of history.

The book is chronologically organized, based on written documents and gives cold realism of sufferings The book of Mr. Unlike Marshal Tito, his neighbouring socialist dictator in Yugoslavia who tolerated writers and artists up to a point, Hoxha went to great lengths to crush intellectual threats.

A little dry at first, particularly doing the meticulous description of the birth of the communist party in Albania, Fevziu manages to paint an image of a dictator that is somewhat recognisable yet shocking.

Head of the Provisional Government The structure of the book does not strictly follow the life of Hoxha chronologically. By the end of his life, Hoxha had become a lonely figure, his comrades having mostly met their end in front of the firing squad.

Lists with This Book. Other than a couple of Kiva loans to entrepreneurs in the country I knew practically nothing about the tiny Balkan country of Albania. Review originally posted at Book of Bogan I must confess that prior to reading this book I had little to now functional knowledge about the country of Albania, apart from a vague idea of where it sits geographically, and some of the politics of the region.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! It’s been more than 30 years since Hoxha died Review originally posted at Book of Bogan I must confess that prior to reading this book I had little to now functional knowledge about the country of Albania, apart from a vague idea of where it sits geographically, and some of the politics of the region. Down with Big Brother.

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Although not published to be a country study, it would help western readers understand the country that was hidden by its own iron curtain. How to write a great review.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with our newsletter, subscription offers and other relevant information. It’s been more than 30 years since Hoxha died, and yet important stories like these are still only now coming out from behind the iron curtain. The Iron Fist of Albania. Based on local sources, interviews, including with people that at certain moments of time were part of the ‘inner circle’ of the dictator and local archives recently open fegziu the public, this book is the comprehensive resource in English about Hoxha and the Albanian communism in general.


A prolific writer, Hoxha wrote over 70 books during his lifetime many of which apparently were ‘revised’ versions of his life so, while Fevziu had extensive material from which to research this biography, gleaning the truth must have been incredibly difficult.

Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania by Blendi Fevziu review – the People’s Republic tyrant

Now I know fevzku is the one to blame for the ignorance prevailing in general, because this monster killed every single noble and intellectual person that have lived in this country, including their family and relatives. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

From France to Belgium: You submitted the following rating and review. The story of the Stalinist Communist dictator of Albania, who reigned through terror and repression, and left a shocking legacy of death. The Plenary Meeting in Berat — an Interlude Not only were the people suffering from political oppression, but also from starvation. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? As a study in power alone the book is worth reading. 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 later decades and further.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Outside Albania, Hoxha was admired by some western radicals for denouncing every kind of imperialism, from Yugoslav to Soviet to Chinese, as well as the US kind. Introduction by Robert Elsie 1.

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