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Albania at war, 1939-1945 by Bernd Jurgen Fischer

By Bernd Jurgen Fischer

"Analyzes the German profession of Albania in the course of international warfare II, rectifying a part century of amnesia and mythmaking by means of Marxist and nationalist histories and lengthening knowing of the connection among the 3rd Reich and wartime Albania. contains b&w old pictures. Fischer is a professor of background at Indiana University-Purdue University." - publication information, Inc.

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53/4965 subject : World War, 1939-1945--Albania, Albania--History--Axis occupation, 1939-1944. Page ii Central European Studies Charles W. Ingrao, General Editor Page iii Albania at War, 1939-1945 Bernd J. Fischer Purdue University Press West Lafayette, Indiana Page iv Copyright © 1999 by Purdue Research Foundation. All rights reserved. 48-1992. Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Fischer, Bernd Jürgen, 1952- Albania at war, 1939-1945 / Bernd J.

1 The motivation behind Italy's interest seems clear. Albania is important from a strategic standpoint in terms of defense and offense. With control of Vlora, or even simply the island of Sazan in the Bay of Vlora, the Italians could dominate the Adriatic Sea. 2 In offensive strategic terms, Albania could provide Italy with a bridgehead into the Balkans. Further, the Italians had vague ideas about Albania offering Italy territory upon which to settle excess population. It was also assumed in Rome, although the Italians never produced adequate geological charts, that natural resources, particularly oil and chrome, could be found in abundance in Albania.

The Albanians came away from this experience believing that they had ejected the Italians by force of arms and that they could easily do so again. This impression, exploited by Albanian politicians, did much to color the future relations between the Albanians and the Italians. Mussolini Assumes Power In Italy With the advent of Benito Mussolini in 1922, Italy's interest in Albania was renewed. Mussolini chose to begin with economic penetration and found a willing partner in Ahmet Zogu, who dominated interwar Albanian politics first as prime minister, then president, and then after 1928 as King Zog.

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