Search Explore to find UCL books/e-books and pamphlets on the history of Albania. For help and useful tips on how to search, see the guide to using Explore. For information about finding and requesting books, pamphlets, rare books or store items see our FAQ.
Books in print:
The Albanian collection is housed on the Lower Ground Floor of UCL SSEES Library.
Material published before 1850 is kept in our Local Store and can be requested at the Library’s issue desk, see the FAQ. Historically important rare travel books from UCL SSEES Library Special Collections were digitised as part of the EU’s Europeana Travel project and include accounts of travel through Albania and the Balkan Peninsula before 1860.
E-book collections comprising books on history:
Oxford Scholarship Online Cross-searchable library containing the full text of over 1,200 books from Oxford University Press, in the areas of Economics and Finance, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion.
Early European Books Selected printed European works from before 1701, mostly in non-English European languages.
See also the e-books available to members of UCL.
Search journals and journal articles in Explore or in specialist databases available to members of UCL. For help and useful tips on how to search, see the guide to using Explore. For information on finding and requesting journals, journal articles or store items see our FAQ.
E-Journals with a focus on the modern history of Albania:
Search UCL’s databases to find articles on Albanian history in international journals.
The complete list of electronic journals available to members of UCL can be accessed via E-journals.
A selection of digitised archive material can be seen in the UCL SSEES Special Collections.
BTL - Bethell, Nicholas William, 4th Baron Bethell (1938-2007): The collection chiefly consists of Bethell's literary and human rights work regarding Eastern Europe, especially Albania, Poland, the Soviet Union
CTR - Carter, Professor Frank (1964-2001): photographic slides taken by Professor Carter between 1964 and 2001 during his extensive travels around Eastern Europe; as well as slides of graphs, maps, archives and other historical data relating to cities and regions of Eastern Europe.
GIL - Colonel Giles (Frank Lucas Netlam) Collection: The Albanian Frontier Commission (1921-1928): The papers chiefly cover Colonel Giles's service on the Albanian Frontier Commission, but the collection also contains papers from his time on the Yugoslav-Bulgarian International Boundary Commission and as a military attaché to Belgrade, Athens and Prague.
LAM - Lamb-Maissa Collection (c.1859-c.1923): Papers of Sir Harry Harling Lamb (1857-1948) and his wife Sabina (née Maissa) chiefly from their time in Albania.
MAN - Mann, Stuart Edward (c.1947-c.1983): Mann's writings and notes re Albanian language and literature.
NAÇ - Naçi, Gjenco Demetre (1921-1992): Naçi's writings, correspondence, photographs and family memorabilia. Also newcuttings relating to Albania (mostly 1942-1947).
SEW - Seton-Watson, R W (1901-1951): Correspondence with Mary Edith Durham (1920-1929;1948).
Historic maps from UCL SSEES Library Special Collections, digitised as part of the Europeana Travel project, include maps of Albania.
Streaming services available at UCL:
Europeana - a single access point to Europe's digital resources.
Texts and Documents of Albanian History by Robert Elsie.
Early Photography in Albania by Robert Elsie.
Current awareness services regularly alert registered users about new documents that match their research interests. The resources listed below offer current awareness services. The details of how to set these up vary between platforms; in most cases you need to set up an account and opt to receive alerts from your saved searches or specified journals.
See also Guide to history resources for SSEES students for further relevant resources.
The History subject guide lists other general history resources.