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From Stalin to MaoAlbania and the Socialist World$
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Elidor Mëhilli

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714153

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714153.001.0001

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Ten Years of War

Ten Years of War

(p.17) 1 Ten Years of War
From Stalin to Mao

Elidor Mëhilli

Cornell University Press

The first chapter begins in 1939 because it argues that Albanians made sense of later Soviet influences in terms of earlier contacts with Italians, Germans, and Yugoslavs. The chapter gives an overview of Mussolini’s bid for a Mediterranean empire, which paved the way for the establishment of a Communist party under occupation. It frames the years 1939-49 as a revolutionary period, exploring wartime military struggles and Yugoslav dependency following liberation. Viewing these processes as interlinked illuminates continuities that are not captured in conventional Cold War chronologies, including the little known fact that post-war authorities sought to build socialism using Italian engineers stuck in the country after the war.

Keywords:   fascism, Italy, Mussolini, Second World War, Yugoslavia, Tito, Stalin, Enver Hoxha, terror

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