Johann Georg von Hahn - a nineteenth-century Austrian diplomat and explorer - is generally considered to be the founder of Albanian Studies as a scholarly discipline. It was he who first studied the Balkan country and its people, and who brought them to the attention of the academic world. Despite this acclaim, his work has not been widely available in English until now. In this volume, Robert Elsie has translated Hahn's most important works relating to his travels and studies in Albania during the mid-nineteenth century. Hahn's interests were broad, but he was especially interested in the tribes of Albania and Kosovo and made several ethnographic studies of the cultures and traditions of the tribes he encountered on his travels - including the Kelmendi, Hoti and Kastrati tribes. This volume will be invaluable readers for scholars of Balkan history and anthropology.
Johann Georg Hahn
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12 May 2015
Introduction Travel Writings Travels through Albania Travels through Kosovo Travels through Northern Albania Oral Literature and Ethnographic Writings Legend of the Founding of the Kelmendi Tribe Legend of the Founding of the Hoti and Triepshi Tribes Legend of the Founding of the Kastrati Tribe Albanian Folk Tales from the Island of Poros Account of Pederasty in Central and Northern Albania Southern Albanian Love Songs Correspondence Letters to the Scottish historian, George Finlay Letters to the Archbishop of Antivari, Carl Pooten Bibliography Index
Johann Georg von Hahn (1811-1869) was an Austrian diplomat, philologist and specialist in Albanian history, language and culture. Robert Elsie is a writer, translator, interpreter and specialist in Albanian studies.