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by Harry Hodgkinson

  • ISBN: 1873928130
  • Category: Historical
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Harry Hodgkinson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Learning Design (September 1999)
  • Pages: 236
  • ePub book: 1104 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1365 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 271

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Harry Hodgkinson (1913-1994) was a writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer, Balkan expert and from 1985 .

Harry Hodgkinson (1913-1994) was a writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer, Balkan expert and from 1985 Chairman of the Anglo-Albanian Association. There is a sense that Mr. Hodgkinson is overcritical but it is difficult to contend that previous biographers were critical at all.

Written by the late Harry Hodgkinson, a former naval intelligence officer who served under Ian Fleming, this engrossing and elegantly crafted book is an attempt to bring the reader closer to this famous historical figure and to set him in the dramatic context of Albania and its history. Tauris in association with the Centre for Albanian Studies.

Harry Hodgkinson (15 March 1913 – 2 October 1994), born Kirkham, Lancashire, was a British writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer and expert on the Balkans

Harry Hodgkinson (15 March 1913 – 2 October 1994), born Kirkham, Lancashire, was a British writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer and expert on the Balkans. From the age of 16, he started writing for the Blackpool Times, Yorkshire Observer and Bradford Telegraph. In 1936 he walked from Charing Cross to Jerusalem and published stories from his travels in Christian Science Monitor, The Times and The Guardian

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Harry Hodgkinson, born Kirkham, Lancashire, was a British writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer and expert on the Balkans. He was appointed from 1985 to be a Chairman of the Anglo-Albanian Association.

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This is the first biography of the Albanian national hero Scanderbeg (1403-1468) published in England for more than four hundred years. The son of a prince of Albania, he was educated in the Muslim faith as a hostage at the court of Sultan Murad II and given the title bey and an army command. In 1443 Scanderbeg escaped to his homeland, abjured Islam, and formed a league of princes among the Albanian chieftains. He proclaimed himself Prince of Albania. To resist the Ottomans under Sultan Muhammad II , Scanderbeg received aid at various times from Venice, Naples, Hungary, and the pope. Written by the late Harry Hodgkinson, a former naval intelligence officer who served under Ian Fleming, this engrossing and elegantly crafted book is an attempt to bring the reader closer to this famous historical figure and to set him in the dramatic context of Albania and its history.I.B.Tauris in association with the Centre for Albanian Studies

Comments

Pedora Pedora
It is unfortunate that good biographies of this most interesting guerrilla captain are out of print. Although Mr. Hodgkinson questions a great deal about the legends of Scanderbeg to the point of suggesting his subject may even have been a monster of sorts, this work does provide some critical details left unexplored by previous biographers (Barleti, Moore, Noli). There is a sense that Mr. Hodgkinson is overcritical but it is difficult to contend that previous biographers were critical at all.

My favorite Scanderbeg biography by Mr. Clement Moore (based on Marin Barleti's - both works are now out of print) is even more difficult to find than this one but worth the search. Mr. Fan Noli's biography is far too brief making this, I think, a superior choice. Where Mr. Moore writes a glowing military history rich with geographical and tactical details sure to please the military historian, Mr. Hodgkinson has provided less of the military details and more of the geo-political and strategic backdrop that Barleti and Moore biographies lacked. I would highly recommend reading those less critical biographies and temper their gushing praise with Mr. Hodgkinson's probing questions.

The prose are clear and Mr. Hodgkinson has an entertaining style. It makes for a good historical read but may make the admirer of Scanderbeg a bit uneasy in the critique, particularly surrounding the legend of his youth. If you are an admirer of Scanderbeg, try to get past those early chapters to be reminded of his genius in battle. Scanderbeg's ability to outwit so many with so few is, in itself, legend enough to fascinate any student of military history and guerrilla/unconventional warfare enthusiasts in particular.
Mr_KiLLaURa Mr_KiLLaURa
Hodgkinson is a Turkish apologist, and spends all of his praise on the Ottoman Sultans in long tracts, while grudgingly admitting Skanderbeg's accomplishments in terse prose. This will offend anyone in search of balanced writing on Skanderbeg and the Christian cause. His concern seems to be debunking the history of a Military Genius and national hero, while pandering to a conquering force. Anyone can see the author has a political agenda in the writing of such a book.
Wenyost Wenyost
This seems to be a book written by Turkish apologists. Not only does it it seem historically inaccurate but also puts down the historical Gjergj Kastrioti as a myth created by mountain people in song and verse.

The falacies are as basic as statements like Gjergj was the yougest of four boys and that the only way he could have had land belonging to him was if it were given to him by the Sultan. Any Albanian knows that according to our culture if one has four boys, the father's land is EQUALLY divided between ALL four boys and not just the oldest. This is just one example of the many cultural inaccuracies stated throughout this book.

The authors spend more time putting down previous writers of the biography (including a monk) as just mythical writers rather than on the positive accomplishments of Kastrioti. My comment to the authors of this book would be that they should have labeled this book as fiction rather a biography. This book is extremely biased, misleading, and very subjective. If you are a fan of Gjergj Kastrioti and are interested in learning historical facts about him, pass on this book - particularly if you are a Christian Albanian, you will not unlike the pro Turkish anti-Christian sentiment.
Malakelv Malakelv
This work seeks to use historical documents and common sense to find the truth about the military mastermind and great Albanian hero that was Gjergj Kastrioti.

The oral tradition that we have on Kastrioti has as a base the original work of Marin Barleti, an Albanian Catholic monk from Shkodra. It's important to note that Barleti never met Gjergj Kastrioti, and he wrote his biography on the figure about 40 years after Kastrioti's recorded death in 1468. Barleti was a good storyteller that embellished the history to make it more romantic and easier for people to understand, since it was the times of the Renaissance and Barleti wrote his biography in Italy, after Shkodra was finally captured by the Ottomans in 1480.

While Barleti provides an important document which served as a basis for future works on the Albanian national hero, his falacies have been pointed out by historical facts which contradict them (one of Gjergj's brothers died peacefully in a monastary and couldn't have been poisoned as a child, Kastrioti is recorded to have met with the Venetians in Italy on behalf of his father sometime around the age of 16 so he couldn't have been taken at 9, etc).

This work examines historical facts based on historical documents and holds Barleti's story up against them. The truth as supported by the evidence is what remains in Hodgkinson's work, discounting certain myths that have been perpetrated by Barleti in his effort to romanticize the story and spread by Albanian oral tradition. To accept that Kastrioti was at least 18 when he entered the Ottoman court in NO WAY denigrates this great hero or his accomplishments. It just means an acceptance of the reality as portrayed by the facts that we do know.

The Ottoman Empire is not embraced, but rather a more objective approach is taken to the whole ordeal (which some Albanians may disagree with because of our dislike for what the Turks have done during their 5 century-long occupation of Albania). But believing in the myth of Gjergj being kidnapped at 9 years old, which has been discredited for various reasons, reminds me of my grandfather telling me how 2 children could fit in Kastrioti's beard, and it took 3 men to hold his sword. Difficult to believe, especially since his straight European sword weighs ~3 pounds and his curved Turkish sword weighs ~7 pounds!

As a Catholic Albanian Mountaineer I find this work to be the best I have read on Gjergj Kastrioti up to this point. It is almost like a guide for understanding the real events of Barleti's romantic story. Read it with an open mind and you will learn a lot.
MisTereO MisTereO
this book does not tell the whole story behind this man he was they say Albanian but he has Serbian roots on his mothers side and they say the Albanians were not in the Balkans when Skanderbeg was in the Balkans so its misleading at who he really is. They say he is half Greek and half Serbian which i believe since that's in history because it seems like in Albania they try to change history for what it really is and was its hard to believe anything in this book who really knows but this explains nothing.