The Kosovo question has been a major challenge to the international order since the outbreak of war in the 1990s. Yet, Yugoslavia, Albania, the USSR, the USA and Great Britain have in fact been involved, directly or indirectly, in the question of Kosovan independence since World War II. Ethem Ceku here chronicles the Albanian political movement in Kosovo and the efforts that it made to achieve its national programme between 1945 and 1981. He focuses on questions of international diplomacy - looking especially at the roles of Albania and Yugoslavia in Kosovo - and provides a new perspective on the role of Albanian nationalism in the lead-up to the Kosovan War of 1998. From the Yalta Conference in 1945, when the Allied Powers divided the Balkans into spheres of influence, drawing arbitrary borders across regions with centuries of ethnic and religious hatred and mistrust, to the long-winded 1974 Yugoslav Constitution and the 1981 protests by Kosovan Albanians that were brutally suppressed by the Yugoslav government, Ceku paints a portrait of the diplomatic tensions that shaped and re-shaped the destiny of Kosovo up until the twenty-first century. Incorporating recently de-classified Russian and Yugoslav archival sources, as well as materials from the State Archives of Kosovo, Ceku endeavours to answer many of the pivotal questions about what has long been a contested region of Europe. Kosovo and Diplomacy since World War II is an ideal resource for students of Kosovan and Albanian history, international relations and the history of Cold War diplomacy.
Kosovo and Diplomacy since World War II
Yugoslavia, Albania and the Path to Kosovan Independence