The memory of George Castriota Scanderbeg among the Arberesh of Italy: a study on the role of diaspora in the creation of Albanian national identity

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Title: The memory of George Castriota Scanderbeg among the Arberesh of Italy: a study on the role of diaspora in the creation of Albanian national identity
Author: Kabashi, Artemida
Abstract: Since his death in 1468 , Scanderbeg's life served as the source of many tales and myths in Albania and Europe . It is my contention that even though , Albanians and the Albanian diaspora in the world kept his memory alive , it was not until the nineteenth century , that Scanderbeg's memory was resurrected by Albanian nationalists , who lived outside Albania , as a rallying point toward the achievement of Albanian independence from the Ottoman empire . The Albanian movement for independence is a phenomenon of the Albanian Diaspora . It was the work of intellectuals like Girolamo De Rada , Giussepe Scura , Zef Serembe , Dora D'Istria , Naim and Sami Frasheri , Ismail Qemali and Fan Noli who used the memory of Scanderbeg to revive and bring to fruition Albanian independence in 1912 . Many Albanians intellectuals from Diaspora , returned to Albania in the late nineteenth century to create an independent Albanian state . While many Diasporic intellectuals lived in the Arberesh communities in Southern Italy , many others lived in Egypt , Romania , Turkey , and the United States . Their efforts toward the achievement of Albanian independence were a direct response and reflected the changes that were occurring in their respective geographic domiciles of the time .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /15436
Date: 2005-08

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The memory of George Castriota Scanderbeg among the Arberesh of Italy: a study on the role of diaspora in the creation of Albanian national identity. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /15436 .

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