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High Albania - Edith Durham (1909)

High Albania - Edith Durham (1909)

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Mary Edith Durham (1863-1944) was a British traveller, artist and writer who became famous for her anthropologist accounts of life in Albania in the early 20th century. Educated privately, she developed a talent for illustration and watercolouring and attended the Royal Academy of Arts and Bedford College in London. She exhibited widely and contributed a number of detailed drawings to the amphibia and reptiles volume of the Cambridge Natural History (1899). She worked in a variety of relief organisations, painted and wrote, and collected folklore and folk art. Her work was of genuine anthropological significance; she contributed frequently to the journal Man and became a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Her writings, however, were to earn her particular fame. She wrote seven books on Balkan affairs, of which High Albania (1909) is the best known. It is still regarded as the pre-eminent guide to the customs and society of the highlands of northern Albania. Amongst her other works are: Through the Lands of the Serb (1904), The Burden of the Balkans (1905), The Struggle for Scutari (1914) and Twenty Years of Balkan Tangle (1920).
Mary Edith Durham (1863-1944) was a British traveller, artist and writer who became famous for her anthropologist accounts of life in Albania in the early 20th century. Educated privately, she developed a talent for illustration and watercolouring and attended the Royal Academy of Arts and Bedford College in London. She exhibited widely and contributed a number of detailed drawings to the amphibia and reptiles volume of the Cambridge Natural History (1899). She worked in a variety of relief organisations, painted and wrote, and collected folklore and folk art. Her work was of genuine anthropological significance; she contributed frequently to the journal Man and became a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Her writings, however, were to earn her particular fame. She wrote seven books on Balkan affairs, of which High Albania (1909) is the best known. It is still regarded as the pre-eminent guide to the customs and society of the highlands of northern Albania. Amongst her other works are: Through the Lands of the Serb (1904), The Burden of the Balkans (1905), The Struggle for Scutari (1914) and Twenty Years of Balkan Tangle (1920).

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High Albania.
 
 High Albania
by Edith Durham (1863-1944) London: Edward Arnold, 1909.
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HIGH ALBANIA
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HIGH ALBANIA
BY
M. EDITH DURHAM
AUTHOR OF "THROUGH THE LANDS OF THE SERB,""THE BURDEN OF THE BALKANS," ETC.WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE AUTHORAND A MAP
LONDONEDWARD ARNOLDPublishers to the India Office1909
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 DEDICATED
 TOMY SISTER NELLIE
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Oh we're back in the Balkans again, Back to the joy and the pain
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 What if it burns or it blows or it snows?We're back to the Balkans again. Back, where to-morrow the quick may be dead,With a hole in his heart or a ball in his head 
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  Back, where the passions are rapid and red 
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 Oh, we're back to the Balkans again!
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SONG OF THE BALKAN PENINSULA.
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PREFACE
IF a book cannot speak for itself, it is idle to speak for it. I will waste but few words on a Preface. In mytwo previous Balkan books I strove to give the national points of view, the aims and aspirations, themanners and customs, of the Serbs and of the mixed population of Macedonia.I would now do the same for the people of High Albania.From the mass of material accumulated in an eight months' tour, together with that collected on previousvisits to Albania, it is hard to know what to select, and want of space has forced me to omit almost asmuch as I have put in, of folklore, custom, and tradition.The land is one so little known to English travellers that I have given rather a comprehensive view of itas a whole than details of any special branch of study, and have reported what the people themselvessaid rather than put forward views of my own
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