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  Origin of Albanians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Another argument that sustains a northern origin of Albanians is the relatively small number of words of Greek origin, although Southern Illyria was under the influence of Greek/Byzantine civilization and language, especially after the breakdown of the Roman Empire.
The first undisputed mention of the ancestors of modern Albanians seems to be in the form of Arbanitai of Arbanon in an account by Anna Comnena of the troubles in that region during the reign of her father Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) by the Normans.
Albanian shares several hundred common words with Eastern Romance, these Eastern Romance words being part of the pre-Roman substrate (see: Eastern Romance substratum) and not loans; Albanian and Eastern Romance also share grammatical features (see Balkan language union) and phonological features, such as the common phonemes or the rhotacism of "n".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Origin_of_Albanians   (1782 words)

  
 Talk:Origin of Albanians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I earlier suggested in the article that Albanians might also be descended from Paionians, though I agree I should not have included that in the article, as that can be considered original research: though from the two, Paionian is more likely the ancestor of Albanian than Illyrian.
Also, the theory about Caucasian origin of the Albanian name do not contradict to the Illyrian or Thracian theory about genetic or linguistic origin of the modern Albanians (language, name and genes are 3 different things, and might not always correlate one with another).
The question is whether the original Albanian ethnicon developed from an Illyrian-speaking people (not necessarily within the borders of modern Albania, but possibly in Moesia) or from a Daco-Moesian speaking-people, or otherwise.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Origin_of_Albanians   (7091 words)

  
 SEDA - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The Indo-European origin of the Albanian language and the place it occupies in the family of Indo-European languages was determined and proved in the middle of the 19th century, following studies in the comparative historical linguistics.
Albanians are currently living in some of the territories, which were inhabited by Illyrians in ancient times; on the other hand, historical sources do not speak of any Albanian migration from other territories to the present ones.
From the early stages of its written form, Albanian language is proved to be written in two dialects, in the North dialect (gegërisht) and in the South one (toskërisht), and in two alphabets, the Latin and the Greek, which testifies that Albanian culture was under the influence of both Latin and Greek culture.
www.seda.org.al /ACH/al_lang.htm   (4587 words)

  
 The Definitive Guide to Albanians XXXX   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Albanian sources claim they were forcefully expelled by the EDES troops of the Greek resistance for having collaborated with the Italian/German occupying forces.
Albanians have played a prominent role in the development of the arts and sciences as well as in religion and sport.
The fate of Kosovo remains uncertain owing to the reluctance of the Albanian majority to contemplate a restoration of Serbian sovereignty and of the United Nations and NATO to separate the territory definitively from Serbia in contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 from 1999.
www.xxxx.com /s/Albanians   (1510 words)

  
 Kosova Crisis Center - The Question of Illyrian-Albanian Continuity...
On pages 75-79, the Albanian historian from Kosova, Ali Hadri, had written the part of the entry under "Albanci" that dealt with "the origin and development of the Albanian people," in which he stated that the Albanians are the descendants of the Illyrians.
The Albanian linguist Idriz Ajeti referred to this scandalous incident in his speech in order to show that many Serbian researchers and journalists were politicising the issue to the extent that only a political forum could settle it, by political means.
Albanian authors from Kosova were attacked especially harshly because their work demonstrated the autochthony of the Albanians in the province of Kosova.
www.alb-net.com /illyrians.htm   (3430 words)

  
 ALBANIANS AND ISLAM
Albanian Boghumils were persecuted very fiercely from the official Church, and in many cases had to share the same fate as the Albignesi and Cathari heretics had to face in the Western Europe.
In 1945 the Albanian Muslims of Çamëria in Northern Greece were ethnically cleansed and exiled in Albania and Turkey, and had their homes and mosques destroyed or confiscated, since the government of Papandreou accused its Çami Albanian population of collaborating with the Nazis.
Albanian Muslims at the same way as their non-religious Albanians, do suffer from the huge economic misery, which the country is experiencing at present.
www.geocities.com /djalosh/albanians.htm   (5532 words)

  
 Osmanlı Tarihi Kültürü Medeniyeti Edebiyatı Sanatı
The Albanians are called "Shqipetaret" in the Albanian language, which is freely translated as "The Sons of Eagles".
Albanian nationals, including many ethnic Greeks and Greek-identifying Aromanians or Arvanitovlachs in addition to ethnic Albanians, that arrived especially during the 1990s, mostly as illegal immigrants; as many as 500,000, according to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Albanian is also a term often given to what would otherwise be called an ethnic Albanian.
www.osmanlimedeniyeti.com /wiki/Albanians_.html   (682 words)

  
 Albanian-American Students Organization at ASU   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The earliest settlers of Albania The question of the origin of the Albanians is still a matter of controversy among the ethnologists.
The origins of the Albanian people, as was mentioned before, are not definitely known, but data drawn from history and from linguistic, archaeological, and anthropological studies have led to the conclusion that Albanians are the direct descendants of the ancient Illyrians and that the latter were natives of the lands they inhabited.
Albanian, however, was not the language used in schools, churches, and official government transactions.
www.asu.edu /clubs/albclub/history.html   (4915 words)

  
 The Origin of Albania
The question of the origin of the Albanians is still a matter of controversy among the ethnologists.
that the Albanian language affords the only available means for a rational explanation of the meaning of the names of the ancient Greek gods as well as the rest of the mythological creations, so as exactly to correspond with the characteristics attributed to these deitis by the men of those times.
It is estimated that of the actual stock of the Albanian language, more than one third is of undisputed Ilyrian origin, and the rest are Ilyrian-Pelasgian, ancient Greek and Latin, with a small admixture of Slavic, Italian (dating from the Venetian occupation of the seaboard), Turkish and some Celtic words, too.
www.geocities.com /spiritofalbania/origins.htm   (688 words)

  
 Kosovo-Metohija: The Serbo-Albanian Conflict. Dusan T Batakovic.
The Albanian League (1878-1881), formed on the eve of the Congress of Berlin, on the periphery of the Albanian ethnic space, in Prizren, called for a resolution of the national question within the frameworks of the Ottoman Empire: it was conservative Muslim groups that prevailed in the League's leadership and paramilitary forces.
The theory of the Albanians as descents of Illyrians, the oldest people in the Balkans and therefore natives in Kosovo, became a simplified political program of national discrimination: all the non-Albanian population were considered as intruders on indigenous Albanian soil.
The ethnic Albanians held to their radical stands: they responded with a relentless series of strikes and demonstrations aware of the fact that the abolition of the autonomy based on the 1974 Constitution, meant, in fact, the abolition of all elements of Kosovo statehood.
www.ess.uwe.ac.uk /Kosovo/Kosovo-Background10.htm   (5321 words)

  
 Albanians: A Nation without Borders
Kosova abuts northern Albania.  Some 95 percent of its citizens are ethnic Albanians, whom historians believe were the earliest residents of the Balkans in an area once called Illyria.  Nevertheless, Kosova has been ruled by the state of Serbia, formerly Yugoslavia's largest single Republic, and brutal force was used to maintain control until recently.
Albanians prefer democracy and view Serbs as enforcers of their Communist regime at a time when Communism has fallen everywhere else in Europe.
Finally, Albanians want their children taught in their own language and are terrified by the historic patterns of ethnic cleansing and assimilation since 1878 by the hostile Slavic regimes of Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia surrounding them.
www.aacl.com /resourcebook/intro.htm   (784 words)

  
 Turkey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The legal use of term "Turkish" (a citizen of Turkey) is different from the ethnic definition (an ethnic Turk).
While the term "minority" itself remains a sensitive issue in Turkey, it is to be noted that the degree of assimilation within various ethnic groups outside the recognized minorities is high, the following generations generally adding into the melting-pot of the Turkish main body.
Within that main body, certain distinctions based on diverse Turkic origins could be made as well by taking account of the same tendency as mentioned.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Turkey   (5454 words)

  
 PALEO-BALKAN LANGUAGES : Encyclopedia Entry
However, no linguist proposes that the Liburnian language---which is generally considered to have been closely akin to the Venetic language---is part of the same IE branch as the Ancient Macedonian language or Greek language.
The modern languages descending from Paleo-Balkan languages are Albanian, Greek, and possibly Armenian (from a Phrygian dialect perhaps).
Dacian, Thracian, or Illyrian have all been proposed as the language from which Albanian evolved, but it is still disputed which language was its ancestor.
bibleocean.com /OmniDefinition/Paleo-Balkan_languages   (224 words)

  
 kosovo.net: Kosovo Origins, by Hugo Roth
Probably this last was the most correct because the Albanians call themselves in the Albanian language Shchiptar but that name did not enter into widespread use in the Serbian language and so is in practice not used.
Within this framework, it is natural to raise the question of the Albanians whose paleo-Balkan origin cannot be doubted although in the sense of a sub-strata with the location of their territory still a matter of discussion and divided opinion.
Albanian historians basically deal with the problems of prehistory in a satisfactory manner, accepting, albeit often tacitly, the results of investigations on which our work is also based.
www.kosovo.net /sk/history/kosovo_origins/ko_chapter3.html   (2192 words)

  
 Untitled Document
The only certain fact is that Serbs are of Slavic origin, while the origin of Albanians is still disputed in the science, and that they both inhabited territory of powerful Byzantine state much before they were mentioned by their name in sources.
Up to the 13th century Albanians did not represent a sufficiently clear historical entity, being nomadic shepherds and highlanders, while Slavs were mainly crop farmers and mainly stayed in the plains and river valleys incorporated closely into Byzantine state, particularly as they accepted Christianity quite early.
The "quiet ethnic cleansing" of Serbian population by Albanians during last twenty years has the consequence that Albanians claim now that 90% of the Kosovo population are Albanians, what is also questionable, as no census of Albanians was performed for thirty years owing to their boycott.
xoomer.virgilio.it /snhan/history.htm   (1527 words)

  
 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : List of Albanians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This is a list of Albanians who are famous or notable, sorted by occupation and name:
Emperors of Illyrian Origin in the Roman Empire
Mehemet Ali - viceroy of Egypt (ethnic Albanian)
www.hallencyclopedia.com /List_of_Albanians   (438 words)

  
 All Empires History Forum: Caucasian Albania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Since the origins of the Albanians are not well yet known, there is a theory that says that the origin of the Albanians is from Caucasus and that they settled in Europe during the ottomans times.
The Albanoi were Illyrians, but whether the modern Albanians have an ethnic continuity with the Illyrian Albanoi is disputed (see Origin of Albanians), and the ethnonym may have been transferred to an unrelated people.
Albanians are not any pure "race" and, as far as I've been able to gather, they are pretty simmilar to Greeks genetically.
www.allempires.com /Forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=10324   (6321 words)

  
 Expulsions of Albanians and Colonisation of Kosova: Chapter Three
Many Albanians were killed in the barracks of Mitrovica, the post of Vushtria, in Gjakova, where soldiers burnt down the villages of Bec, Gërgoc, Radoniq, Janosh, etc. The wave of persecutions and physical exterminations of Albanians involved all the regions of Kosova.
Chetniks committed unprecedented massacres at Albanian villages bordering on Kosova and Sanjac, and due to this the population was forced to emigrate in mass from Kosova and elsewhere.
The Platform requested that the Albanians should break the cultural and scientific relations with Albania, abandon their national aspirations, and the request for the Republic of Kosova was evaluated as a reactionary one that intended to destroy Yugoslavia and unite Kosova with Albania.
www.ess.uwe.ac.uk /Kosovo/chap3.htm   (5966 words)

  
 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
It is generally recognized today that the Albanians are the most ancient race in the southeastern Europe.
In November 1941 various communist groups formed the Albanian Communist Party and seized control of the country on Nov.29, 1944 with Enver Hoxha as its leader.
Albania was thus well on its way toward integrating its politics and institutions with the West, which Albanians have historically viewed as their cultural and geographic home.
www.expo-elidaco.com /albania.html   (576 words)

  
 Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-11-21
The workshop is being held by the Albanian Session of the European Academy for Culture and Management, the organization "Culture- Contact" with headquarteres in Vienna, Foundation Soros and the ministry of Culture.
The Kosova press reports that the heavy snow has made very difficult the coming of humanitarian aid in many regions of Kosova, where the people are returned in their shelters, but they have not had the possibilities to enter their house because they have been destroyed and burned.
They encouraged the Albanian people to be thoroughly engaged in the process on the Constitutional referendum on Sunday, a process, which, according to them, will give a new impulse to the democratic developments in the country.
www.hri.org /news/balkans/ata/1998/98-11-21.ata.html   (3715 words)

  
 The Symbolism of Destruction
As is always the case in the Balkans, claims to precedence over the territory of Kosovo are contradictory: Serbs maintain that Albanians only came from Albania after the Serbs were expelled by the Ottoman Turks; Albanians, in turn, profess they are the oldest inhabitants of the province.
Kosovar Albanians are reluctant to acknowledge the fact that Kosovo was in fact the origin of the Serb state and nation, as testified by the Patriarchate of Pec and scores of medieval churches.
To Serbs, that was the state that gave them the right to rule Kosovo with total disregard for the Albanian majority; to Albanians that was the state of oppression, of human rights abuses and second-rate status.
www.motherjones.com /news/special_reports/total_coverage/kosovo/kusovac.html   (1136 words)

  
 All Empires History Forum: Are Albanians related to Greeks?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
" The Albanians served as military colonists in the Peloponnesus in the attempt of the Despotate, an appanage of the moribund Byzantine Empire, to survive the expansion of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans "
The scottish origin for Albanians is probably a mistake resulting for the use of the same term to designate two different, far and unrelated regions with similar topographic characteristics.
Perhaps the same origin applies to the Caucasian Albania; or maybe all three came from "alba" in a reference to the snow on the heights...
www.allempires.com /Forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2140&get=last   (1813 words)

  
 personal
It cannot be justified with any political reasons, nor with the isolation in which Yugoslavia now is, due to the international sanctions that have impoverished this once prosperous country and brought it to the verge of destitution.
We, the jurists of Serbia, share the hardship of the whole population of Serbia and Yugoslavia, and we are deeply distressed because of the sufferings of all refugees, regardless of where they come from, their ethnic origin or religious belief.
At this point, a humanitarian crisis in the FR Yugoslavia can be avoided only by halting the bombardment and resuming the negotiations.
xoomer.alice.it /snhan/www.ius.bg.ac.yu/personal.htm   (2070 words)

  
 Ethnicity and Race by Countries
Albanian 95%, Greeks 3%, other 2%: Vlachs, Gypsies, Serbs, and Bulgarians (1989 est.)
homogeneous mixture of Norse/Celtic descendants 94%, population of foreign origin 6%
Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian- and Greek-Italians in the south)
www.factmonster.com /ipka/A0855617.html   (2464 words)

  
 Ethnicity and Race by Countries
Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, Bosniak 0.5%, Hungarian 0.4%, Slovene 0.3%, Czech 0.2%, Roma 0.2%, Albanian 0.1%, Montenegrin 0.1%, others 4.1% (2001)
Montenegrin 43%, Serbian 32%, Bosniak 8%, Albanian 5%, other (Muslims, Croats, Roma) 12%
Serb 66%, Albanian 17%, Hungarian 3.5%, other 13.5% (1991)
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0855617.html   (2530 words)

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