From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World

Da Stalin a Mao: l’Albania e il mondo socialista

From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World
di Elidor Mëhilli

Il libro ‘Da Stalin a Mao: l’Albania e il mondo socialista’ dell’autore albanese-americano Elidor Mëhilli – professore alla City University di New York negli Stati Uniti – è stato premiato due volte dall’istituzione accademica internazionale più prestigiosa in quanto a studi riguardanti Russia, Euro-Asia e Europei-orientali.

Il libro di Mëhilli è stato pubblicato in lingua inglese nel 2017 dalla casa editrice ‘Cornell University Press’. E’ stato presentato per la prima volta a Tirana, a Novembre 2017, nella ‘Giornata del Ricordo’ organizzata dall’istituto per la democrazia, i media e la cultura.

Il libro ha vinto il premio “Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies” e quello “Marshall Shulman Book Prize”, consegnati dall’associazione per gli studi slavi, euro-asiatici  e dell’Europa orientale (Associaton for Slavic, Euroasian, and East European Studies).

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Presentazione del libro

Elidor Mëhilli has produced a groundbreaking history of communist Albania that illuminates one of Europe’s longest but least understood dictatorships. From Stalin to Mao, which is informed throughout by Mëhilli’s unprecedented access to previously restricted archives, captures the powerful globalism of post-1945 socialism, as well as the unintended consequences of cross-border exchanges from the Mediterranean to East Asia.

After a decade of vigorous borrowing from the Soviet Union’advisers, factories, school textbooks, urban plans Albania’s party clique switched allegiance to China during the 1960s Sino-Soviet conflict, seeing in Mao’s patronage an opportunity to keep Stalinism alive. Mëhilli shows how socialism created a shared transnational material and mental culture still evident today around Eurasia but it failed to generate political unity.

Combining an analysis of ideology with a sharp sense of geopolitics, he brings into view Fascist Italy’s involvement in Albania, then explores the country’s Eastern bloc entanglements, the profound fascination with the Soviets, and the contradictions of the dramatic anti-Soviet turn. Richly illustrated with never-before-published photographs, From Stalin to Mao draws on a wealth of Albanian, Russian, German, British, Italian, Czech, and American archival sources, in addition to fiction, interviews, and memoirs. Mëhilli’s fresh perspective on the Soviet-Chinese battle for the soul of revolution in the global Cold War also illuminates the paradoxes of state planning in the twentieth century.


Serie: Enver Hoxha
Genere: Saggistica
Editore: Cornell University Press
Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
ASIN: 1501714155
ISBN: 9781501714153

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