Norbert Mappes-Niediek
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Albanian society and the quest for independence from statehood in Kosovo and Macedonia
in Potentials of disorder

The political story of the Albanian conflicts had been widely discussed and documented in numerous publications. Focusing on the shortcomings within the Albanian societies of former Yugoslavia led to a serious misunderstanding of the situation. These societies were indeed always at a risk of conflict; however, at least the Kosovo war in 1998 and 1999 was caused to a much greater extent by outside factors. The Kosovo Albanian society may be blamed only for its failure to avoid conflict and its poor capacity to manage problems that were generated elsewhere. The situation in Macedonia lifted the political veil from the events in Kosovo and showed its social nature. In Macedonia, there had never been any autonomy for Albanians. As opposed to Kosovo, the situation in Macedonia was not unbearable for Albanians when the violent conflict broke out.

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