Albania , Albanian Shqipnija or Shqiperia, officially Republic of Albania, republic (1995 est. pop. 3,414,000), 11,101 sq mi (28,752 sq km), SE Europe. Albania is on the Adriatic Sea coast of the Balkan Peninsula, between Serbia and Montenegro on the north, Macedonia on the east, and Greece on the south. Tiranë is the capital and largest city.
(4000 B.C.-1000 A.D.)
Relive the astonishing achievements of the ancient Dorians, Illyrians, Roman and Byzantine Empires. See the great impact Albanians have had on these important empires and people.
(1500 A.D.- 1912)
The Ottoman Empire created a vast variation in Albanian culture and the adaptation to Ottoman life had important consequences in Albanian history. This was a time when Albanians thrived and continued to spread their power around the world.
(1912 - 1944)
In the creation of the modern independent Albanian state proved to be a real challenge for the Albanian people. Yet through the strong leadership of King Zog I, the Albanian People persevered
(1944 - 1991)
If one could pinpoint a dark period in the history of Albania it would be under the communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha. The end of WWII forced Albania into an escalation toward communism and shaped the darkest 40 years in its history.
(1991 - beyond)
The rapid development after communism of the Albanian state and the increasing modernization can only be accredited to the Albanians people's immense spirit and pride for their country.