High Albania

The Balkans were a dangerous place in the early twentieth century.  The Ottoman Empire on the verge of collapse, disease and the threat of violence and war were looming over the people who lived in primitive conditions.

Yet it was into this world that Mary Edith Durham, a thirty-seven-year-old Edwardian lady dressed in boots, long skirt, umbrella, and straw hat, entered.

She would go on to spend the next twenty years of her life travelling through the Balkans, focusing particularly on Albania and Kosovo, some of the most underdeveloped regions of Europe.

High Alabania is Durham’s most famous work and confirmed her position as the pre-eminent expert on the customs and society of the Balkans.
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