Albania: Enver Hoxha: 1908-1985 Stalin's Disciple

Enver Hoxha: 1908-1985

Albania, an isolated, mountainous country of 2.9 million people, is a place of bleak statistics. It is Europe's poorest nation, and one of the world's most closed societies. Its harsh internal policies place it among the last bastions of Stalinism. This is the legacy of Enver Hoxha (pronounced Hod-ja), Albania's leader since 1944, who died last week from heart disease at 76. For more than 40 years Hoxha kept his tiny country on what he considered the only true path to Communism: self-reliance, total party control and a suspicion of outsiders that led him to reject both the U.S. and the...

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