Always already European: The figure of Skënderbeg in contemporary Albanian nationalism

  title={Always already European: The figure of Sk{\"e}nderbeg in contemporary Albanian nationalism},
  author={Nicola Nixon},
  journal={National Identities},
  pages={1 - 20}
  • Nicola Nixon
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Sociology
  • National Identities
This article examines contemporary reproductions of the myth of Albania's national hero, Skënderbeg. Through the figure of Skënderbeg, Albanian nationalism produces an image of the nation as a seamless continuity of ‘Europeanness’ from the fifteenth century to the present. It does so by positing an original, self-conscious, medieval political unity as the first instance of nation-state-building in Europe. Second, through an image of resistance to the Ottoman Empire it positions Albania as the… Expand
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