Albanianism, Islamic, and Communist Platform(s) in Yugoslavia, 1945-1989


Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe


Political Science


This project examines contemporary history of politics by looking at the parallel cohabitation of religion, patriotism, and communism among Albanians in Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1999, particularly Kosovo. Using ‘historical institutionalism’, which is neither a particular theory nor a specific method, but is best understood as an approach for studying the politics of a particular institution(s) that brought social change, this project shows how institutional structure shapes social behavior and outcomes. It also explores how different groups of interest were involved in structuring the religious, national, and political behavior of Albanians in Yugoslavia (KS).