Idrit Idrizi: Between Political Exploitation and Repression: The Confrontation with Communism in Public, Journalism and Historiography in Post-Communist Albania

Abstract

In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2014. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 93–106.

The article focuses on the way the Albanian public, historiography and journalism remembers the communist era and deals with it. It argues that the strong politicization seriously obstructs the process of coming to terms with the communist past and leads to the alienation of the public. Communism is barely present in the public sphere or is taken up by the media almost only in conjunction with sensational reports and politicized statements. Albanian historians also try to avoid this topic due to its political charge. As a consequence, there are remarkably few academic studies of the communist period. Moreover, these studies show a limited range of themes and methodological and theoretical approaches focus mainly on certain occasions and individuals. Overall, remembering communism in today’s Albania is primarily a political, not a societal issue, and the process of coming to terms with the past is still in its infancy.

Über den Autor

Idrit Idrizi, Mag. phil., geb. 1986 in Shkodra/Albanien, 2005–2010 Studium der Geschichte (Wahlfach: Politikwissenschaften) an der Universität Wien, 2008 Erasmus-Aufenthalt an der Freien Universität Berlin; seit Oktober 2010 Doktorand am Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte der Universität Wien, seit Februar 2012 Stipendiat der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (DOC-Stipendium). Veröffentlichung: »Der ›Neue Mensch‹ in der Politik und Propaganda der Partei der Arbeit Albaniens in den 1960er Jahren«, in: Südost-Forschungen, 69/70 (2010/2011), S. 252–283.