Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
One of the poorest countries in Europe, Albania is located in the Balkans, sharing borders with Greece, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro, and Serbia. It gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1913, and until the Communists took control in 1944, Albania was the only majority Muslim country in Europe. With many of its people living in desperate poverty, most of the games in the country, especially in villages, involved crudely fashioned dolls for girls, while boys practiced hunting with slingshots. Teenagers and men were involved in wrestling and also archery. Albania had been a part of the Roman Empire, ...