ISBN 978-1-78453-292-5I.B. Tauris, London 2015214 pp. Johann Georg von Hahn – a nineteenth-century Austrian diplomat and explorer – is generally considered to be the founder of Albanian Studies as a scholarly discipline. It was he who first studied the Balkan country and its people in a more comprehensive fashion, and who brought them to the attention of the academic world. In this sense, it could be said that it was Hahn who ‘discovered’ the Albanian nation for the scholarly world. Despite this acclaim, his work has not been available in English until now. In this volume, Robert Elsie has translated Hahn’s most important works relating to his travels and studies in Albania during the mid-nineteenth century. Hahn’s interests were broad: history, geography, language, literature, popular beliefs and traditions, politics, trade and economics. He was especially interested in the tribes of Albania and Kosovo and made several ethnographic studies of the cultures and traditions he encountered on his travels – including the Kelmendi, Hoti and Kastrati tribes.This volume, bringing together the most important of Hahn’s writings on his travels and Albanian ethnography, together with this most interesting correspondence, will be invaluable reading for scholars of Balkan history and anthropology.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations IntroductionPart I: Travel WritingsTravels through AlbaniaTravels through KosovoTravels through Northern AlbaniaPart II: Oral Literature and Ethnographic WritingsLegend of the Founding of the Kelmendi TribeLegend of the Founding of the Hoti and Triepshi TribesLegend of the Founding of the Kastrati TribeAlbanian Folk Tales from the Island of PorosAccount of Pederasty in Central and Northern AlbaniaSouthern Albanian Love SongsPart III: CorrespondenceLetters to the Scottish historian, George FinlayLetters to the Archbishop of Antivari, Carl PootenNotes BibliographyIndexBuy this Book via I.B. Tauris