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A Child and a Country at the End of History

by Lea Ypi

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Albania, Then and Now

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Map of AlbaniaLea Ypi's memoir Free charts the author's coming of age in a family of dissidents in Albania in the 1980s and '90s, before and after the fall of communism. Albania is located in southern Europe in the Balkan Peninsula, with the Adriatic Sea on its western border and Greece, North Macedonia and Kosovo to the east. The earliest recorded inhabitants of the area were known as the Illyrians, one of three core population groups in the region, the others being the Thracians and Greeks. Along with the rest of the Balkans, the area that is now Albania was conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BCE, and over the following 2,200 or so years, it saw multiple empires come and go, including the Ottoman Empire which controlled the region from the 15th to 20th centuries AD.

Albania became an independent country in 1912, but this freedom was short-lived; during World War I, it was invaded and occupied by armies from Austria-Hungary, France and Serbia. In the aftermath of the war, negotiations ...

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