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In June and July 2014, philologist Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei and photographer Marco Mazzi undertook the Albanian Lapidar Survey, a project to map, document, and photograph the large majority of Albanian lapidars, a particular type of monument, mainly produced in the period that the communist Labor Party of Albania ruled the country (1945–1990) to commemorate the partisan victims, battles, and military units from the National Anti-Fascist Liberation War (which coincided with World War II), as well as historical figures from before the liberation and the accomplishments of socialism in Albania afterward. These lapidars, which can still be found, albeit in ever decreasing numbers, all over the country — in cities and villages, alongside roads, in forests and on mountain passes — are witness to an enormous expenditure of labor and resources to turn the landscape into a site of what was called “monumental propaganda.” The Albanian Lapidar Survey aimed to capture these monuments as fact. The results of this project are collected into a three-volume, dual-language (English and Albanian) catalogue, under the title Lapidari. The first volume comprises a series of critical reflections on Albanian monumentality of the period 1945–1990 from a variety of perspectives, as well as historical documents and a full indexation of all inscriptions found on the documented monuments. Volume 2 and Volume 3 feature the photographic documentation of all 649 recorded monumental sites by photographer Marco Mazzi.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 2-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Texts
  1. Introduction
  2. Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
  3. pp. 13-22
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  1. Parathënie
  2. Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
  3. pp. 23-28
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  1. Circular to the Prefectural Executive Committee (Section Education): Regarding Lapidars
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Qarkore komitetit ekzekutiv të prefekturës (seksionit t’Arsimit): Mbi lapidarët
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Report on the State and Measures for the Development and Further Revolutionization of Monumental Propaganda
  2. Ramiz Alia
  3. pp. 33-38
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  1. Relacion: Mbi gjendjen dhe masat për zhvillimin dhe revolucionarizimin e mëtejshëm të propagandës monumentale
  2. Ramiz Alia
  3. pp. 39-44
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  1. Dignified Symbols for Historical Events
  2. Kujtim Buza, Kleanth Dedi
  3. pp. 45-48
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  1. Simbole dinjitoze ngjarjeve historike
  2. Kujtim Buza, Kleanth Dedi
  3. pp. 49-52
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  1. Natural and Cultural Monuments during the Years of Socialism
  2. Muharrem Xhafa
  3. pp. 53-56
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  1. Monumentet e natyrës dhe të kulturës në vitet e socializmit
  2. Muharrem Xhafa
  3. pp. 57-60
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  1. The Thanatology of Hope
  2. Gëzim Qëndro
  3. pp. 61-66
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  1. Thanatologjia e shpresës
  2. Gëzim Qëndro
  3. pp. 67-72
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  1. “We Raise Our Eyes and Feel as if She Rules the Sky”: The Mother Albania Monument and the Visualization of National History
  2. Raino Isto
  3. pp. 73-80
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  1. “Ngremë sytë lart e ndjejmë, se ajo zotëron qiellin”: Monumenti Nëna Shqipëri dhe vizualizimi i historisë kombëtare
  2. Raino Isto
  3. pp. 81-88
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  1. Pilgrimage Centered at Text and Memory: The Lapidar in Qukës–Pishkash
  2. Konstantinos Giakoumis, Christopher Lockwood
  3. pp. 89-96
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  1. Pelegrinazhi i përqëndruar tek teksti dhe kujtesa: Lapidari në Qukës–Pishkash
  2. Konstantinos Giakoumis, Christopher Lockwood
  3. pp. 97-104
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  1. Lapidars and Socialist Monuments as Elements of Albania’s Historic Cultural Landscapes
  2. Matthias Bickert
  3. pp. 105-114
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  1. Lapidarët dhe monumentet socialiste si elemente të peizazheve kulturore historike të Shqipërisë
  2. Matthias Bickert
  3. pp. 115-124
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  1. About the Film Lapidari
  2. Julian Bejko
  3. pp. 125-128
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  1. Rreth filmit Lapidari
  2. Julian Bejko
  3. pp. 129-132
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  1. Texts Chiseled on the Calendar: A Semiotic Reading of Inscriptions on the Commemorative Monuments of the Period of the National Liberation War
  2. Ardian Vehbiu
  3. pp. 133-140
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  1. Tekste të gdhendura në kalendar: Një lexim semiotik i mbishkrimeve në monumentet përkujtimore të periudhës së Luftës Nacional–Çlirimtare
  2. Ardian Vehbiu
  3. pp. 141-148
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  1. Monument Descriptions
  2. pp. 149-214
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 215-260
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  1. Index of Places
  2. pp. 261-266
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  1. Index of Dates
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. Index of Military Formations of the Albanian National Liberation Army and Political Organs and Organizations
  2. pp. 277-283
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 284
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  1. punctum books
  2. p. 285
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780692350461
MARC Record
OCLC
1256402788
Pages
284
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-15
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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