This book provides a comprehensive examination of the Albanian Student Movement of 1990–1991. To date, there are no thorough studies of the first year of the post-Communist transition in Albania, which constitutes the most critical period of transition. The lessons to be learned are vast and of great importance to the debates on social movements, mobilization, and transition.

Renowned scholars of modern Albanian history, led by the former leader of the Albanian Student Movement, Shinasi A. Rama, provide a study of the critical role played by this movement in the political transformation of Albania from a totalitarian cult-state to a multiparty political system during 1990–1991. Their informed analyses combined with first-hand knowledge of the events during a key period of Albanian history shed light on the Student Movement, its ideology, values, contributions, and its relationship to the system and to the ruling caste. The authors come to the core conclusion that the Student Movement remained an independent player that achieved change in the political system at a crucial juncture.

The End of Communist Rule in Albania is a much-needed contribution in the fields of social movements, democratization studies, Communist and Post-Communist politics, and Albanian Studies.

part I|2 pages

The Regime In A Deep Crisis: The Albanian Case

chapter 2|20 pages

Coming To An End

35The Fall Of Communist Rule In Albania
ByFatos Tarifa

chapter 3|14 pages

Contributing Actors To The Regime Change In Albania

The First Phase Of Transition And The Role Of The Student Movement
ByMirela Bogdani

part III|2 pages

Political Change And The Student Movement In Albania: Three Perspectives

chapter 10|6 pages

Making Sense Of Albanian Events

228International Interpretations And Responses
ByMiranda Vickers

chapter 11|5 pages

Heroes And Myths

ByFred Abrahams

chapter 12|14 pages

The Student Movement Changed Albania Forever

A Reflection On Its Contribution To Modern Albanian History
ByLlukman Halili

chapter 13|32 pages

The Dragon Did Not Commit Suicide

The Collapse Of The Totalitarian Cult-State And The Role Of The Student Movement In Albania
ByShinasi A. Rama