A Coming of Age - Albania under Enver Hoxha by James S. O'Donnell

By James S. O'Donnell

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In learning Enver Hoxha's forty-year reign (1945-85), this publication indicates that, whereas it is important to provide Hoxha a combined document card, he still enabled a small state with a large number of boundaries to keep up its sovereignty and modernize via unorthodox methods.

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1970), 476. 34 Djukic, 36. 35 The Institute of Marxist-Leninist Studies at the Central Committee of the Party of Labor of Albania, History of the Party of Labor of Albania, 2d ed. (Tirane: 8 Nentori Publishing House, 1982), 242,249. 36 Petkovic, 277. 37 Results of questionnaires given in Albania, March and April, 1994. Chapter 4: Albania and the Soviet Union The first five years of relations between Albania and the Soviet Union were marked by the cordiality and comradeship with which they dealt with each other.

In their relations with Albania and the Party of Labour of Albania, Tito's group displayed all the characteristics of modern revisionism: ideological and political deviation, lack of respect for equality, the chauvinism of the big state, arrogance, plots and so on. Therefore, their attitude towards our Party and out state constitutes the gravest indictment against the Yugoslav revisionists. " All of these were smoke-screens but our Party and people told the Yugoslav modem revisionists and their divisions to halt, otherwise there would be bloodshed.

It was quite natural that there were, in the Albanian leadership, forces who, from the very outset, pleaded for the establishment of as close and sincere relations with Yugoslavia as possible. ] party and state. Enver Hoxha was not guided, in this case either, by the interests of the Albanian people, working class and party, but was prompted exclusively by his self-seeking motives. " For instance, if one rejects the "Seventh Republic" theory, then Petkovic's explanation concerning Hoxha's motivations, etc.

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