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The role of Hoti in the uprising of the Great Highlands

Author(s): Marenglen Verli
Subject(s): History
Published by: Qendra e Studimeve Albanologjike
Keywords: The role of Hoti ; uprising of the Great Highlands

Summary/Abstract: The region of Hoti, recognized historically since medieval times, played an important role during the Albanian National Renaissance and early 20th century uprisings, which eventually led to the Declaration of Independence and later to the establishment of the Albanian state. Although a relatively small region and inhabited by a small number of people, the Hoti region and tribe are often mentioned in the diplomatic documents. In crucial moments for the future of our nation, Hoti led by prominent figures such as Dede Gjo Luli, was positioned in support of our national interests. The insurrection of 1911 in the Great Highlands differed from previous uprisings in the fact that it did not put forward simple local demands but aimed at fulfilling national goals. The collaboration with prominent contemporary intellectuals, not only from the town of Shkodra but even with national figures, such as Ismail Qemali, Luigj Gurakuqi, Risto Siliqi, Nikolle Ivanaj, etc. gave it a special importance. A number of important documents such as the uRed Book” or the Greca Memorandum, the act of raising the national flag on the peak of Bratiles, in Deçiq, and other similar actions that were undertaken in the time span of several months, were examples of the Great Highlands insurgents’ vision, the vision of the Hoti people and the vision of Dede Gjo Luli himself. These demands pointed towards autonomy and the extraordinary sacrifices done to fulfill them impressed greatly the chancelleries of the Great Powers. The Albanians had evolved in their tactics, as now they knew not only how to fight but also how to collaborate and presented themselves with a well established political awareness which was introduced in their program of national requests. Now they knew how to benefit from the regional and international situation and also how to involve the European diplomacy to support their fight and to exercise pressure on the Empire in order to consider the Albanian issue seriously.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 01-02
  • Page Range: 053-073
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Albanian