By James S. O'Donnell
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In learning Enver Hoxha's forty-year reign (1945-85), this publication exhibits that, whereas it is vital to offer Hoxha a combined document card, he still enabled a small kingdom with a mess of obstacles to keep up its sovereignty and modernize via unorthodox methods.
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Extra info for A Coming of Age - Albania under Enver Hoxha
Therefore, there was much less of a threat of Khrushchev taking action against Albania to appease Tito. , despite the "breathing space" he had gained by his maneuvering subsequent to the Polish and Hungarian revolts. The Moscow Conference proved that once again Hoxha was able to use events over which he had no control to his advantage. The next few years, until 1960, were relatively problem-free concerning trouble in Soviet-Albanian relations. Any trouble which did occur was kept strictly private.
47 The answer to these questions was given by Khrushchev himself: .. , in an effort to divert the socialist countries from their true course. That, of course, was no accident. All that was bad in our country at the time of the cult of the individual manifests itself in even worse form in the Albanian Party of Labor. It is no longer a secret to anyone that the Albanian leaders maintain their power by resorting to force and arbitrary methods. The situation in the Albanian Party of Labor has been abnormal and dangerous for a long time now.
45 On April 25, 1961, all Soviet technicians were withdrawn from Albania and all economic aid was canceled. Also, all Albanian students studying in the Soviet Union were sent home. A further step was taken on May 26, when all Soviet submarines at Sazan were withdrawn. A counter move taken by Albania to retaliate against the Soviet moves was a show trial which lasted from May 15 to 27, 1961, for the ten pro-Soviet Albanians discovered trying to overthrow the Hoxha regime. All confessed to being agents of Yugoslavia, Greece, and the 54 A Coming of Age: Abania under Enver Hoxha United States.
A Coming of Age - Albania under Enver Hoxha by James S. O'Donnell