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The Discovery of Albania: Travel Writing and Anthropology in the Nineteenth Century Balkans

The Discovery of Albania: Travel Writing and Anthropology in the Nineteenth Century Balkans
Johann Georg Hahn

Introduction by: Robert Elsie | Translated by: Robert Elsie

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Johann Georg von Hahn - a nineteenth-century Austrian diplomat and explorer - is generally considered to be the founder of Albanian Studies as a scholarly discipline. It was he who first studied the Balkan country and its people, and who brought them to the attention of the academic world. Despite this acclaim, his work has not been widely available in English until now. In this volume, Robert Elsie has translated Hahn's most important works relating to his travels and studies in Albania during the mid-nineteenth century. Hahn's interests were broad, but he was especially interested in the tribes of Albania and Kosovo and made several ethnographic studies of the cultures and traditions of the tribes he encountered on his travels - including the Kelmendi, Hoti and Kastrati tribes. This volume will be invaluable readers for scholars of Balkan history and anthropology.

Author Info

Johann Georg von Hahn (1811-1869) was an Austrian diplomat, philologist and specialist in Albanian history, language and culture. Robert Elsie is a writer, translator, interpreter and specialist in Albanian studies.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784532925
Publication Date: 29 May 2015
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 8 bw integrated

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