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The League of Prizren
Prizren
(Albanian: Besëlidhja e Prizrenit), officially the League for the Defense of the Rights of the Albanian Nation (Albanian: Lidhja për mbrojtjen e të drejtave te kombit Shqiptar), was an Albanian political organization founded on January 5, 1877 but officially on June 10, 1878 in the old town of Prizren, in the Kosova Vilayet
Vilayet
of the Ottoman Empire. The treaties of San Stefano and Berlin, both assigned areas that were also inhabited by Albanians
Albanians
to other states. The inability of the Porte to protect the interests of a region that was 70 percent Muslim and largely loyal forced the Albanian leaders not only to organize their defense, but also to consider creation of an autonomous administration, like those Serbia
Serbia
and the other Danubian Principalities had enjoyed before their independence.[1] The league was established at the meeting of 47 Ottoman beys. An initial position of the league was presented in the document known as Kararname. With this document Albanian leaders emphasized their intention to preserve and maintain the territorial integrity of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in the Balkans
Balkans
by supporting the porte, and "to struggle in arms to defend the wholeness of the territories of Albania". Although it said nothing about the reforms, schools, autonomy or about the union of the Albanian population within one vilayet, under influence of Abdyl Frashëri, this initial position has changed radically and resulted in demands of autonomy of Albanians
Albanians
and open war against the Ottoman Empire.

Contents

1 Background 2 Meeting in Prizren

2.1 Berlin Congress 2.2 Formation 2.3 Military resistance 2.4 End of the league

3 Legacy 4 Aftermath 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

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The 1877–78 Russo-Turkish War dealt a decisive blow to Ottoman power in the Balkan Peninsula, leaving the empire with only a precarious hold on Albania
Albania
and eastern Balkans. The Albanians' fear that the lands they inhabited would be partitioned among Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece
Greece
fueled the rise of resistance.[2][3] The first postwar treaty, the abortive Treaty of San Stefano
Treaty of San Stefano
signed on 3 March 1878, assigned areas claimed by the League of Prizren
Prizren
to Serbia, Montenegro, and Bulgaria.[3] Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
and the United Kingdom blocked the arrangement because it awarded Russia a predominant position in the Balkans
Balkans
and thereby upset the European balance of power.[4][5] A peace conference to settle the dispute was held later in the year in Berlin.[6][7]

A ethnographic map of the Balkan peninsula of 1861.

The overall situation influenced Albanians
Albanians
to organize themselves as the Local Counsels for National Salvation with aim to protect the Albanian populated lands.[8][9] By the end of 1877 the issue of defending territorial integrity became difficult. On 13 December 1877, Serbs declared war on Ottoman Empire, as did Montenegro.[10] Both were supported by the Russian Army and spread their attacks on the northern parts of Albania. Albanians
Albanians
were unable to defend several regions and cities in the northeast and northwest of Albania.[11] Upon occupation of these lands, the Ottoman administrators (of mainly Albanian origin) fled the freed territories and/or were expelled. During the Russo-Turkish war, the incoming Serb army expelled most of the Muslim Albanian population from the Toplica and Niš regions into Kosovo triggering the emergence of what became the League of Prizren (1878–1881) as a response to the Great Eastern Crisis.[12][13][14] Influenced by these events the Local Councils for National Salvation merged into a single coordination body. Albanians, on December 12, 1877 established in Istanbul the Central Committee for the Defense of Rights of the Albanian Nation.[15][16][9] The Treaty of San Stefano triggered profound anxiety among the Albanians
Albanians
and Bosniaks, and it spurred their leaders to organize a defense of the lands they inhabited.[6][17] In the spring of 1877, influential Albanians
Albanians
in Constantinople—including Abdyl Frashëri, the Albanian national movement's leading figure during its early years—organized a committee to direct the Albanians' resistance.[16] In May the group called for a general meeting of representatives from all the areas where Albanian communities existed during that time.[16][18] The Committee's members were Ali Ibra, Zija Prishtina, Sami Frashëri, Jani Vreto, Pashko Vasa, Baca Kurti Gjokaj
Baca Kurti Gjokaj
and Abdyl Frashëri. Meeting in Prizren[edit] Further information: Kararname (League of Prizren)

Abdyl Frashëri, leading figure of the League of Prizren
Prizren
movement

“ We wholeheartedly wish to live in peace with all our neighbours, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece
Greece
and Bulgaria... We do not want and do not ask anything of them, but we are all determined to protect that which is ours. ”

— Excerpt from the League of Prizren's platform, 1878, [19]

The League of Prizren
Prizren
was created by a group of Albanian intellectuals to resist partition among neighbouring Balkan states and to assert an Albanian national consciousness by uniting Albanians
Albanians
into a unitary linguistic and cultural nation.[12][13] During the meeting in Prizren a kararname was signed by 47 beys in June 18, 1878. The document represented an initial position, mainly supported by landlords and individuals related to the Ottoman administration.[20] In Article 1 of this document, these Albanian leaders restated their intention to preserve and maintain the territorial integrity of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans
Balkans
by supporting the Porte and "to struggle in arms to defend the wholeness of the territories of Albania". Article 6 of the same document restated the hostility of Albanians, as Ottoman loyalists, to the independence of both Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and Serbia. "We should not allow foreign armies to tread on our land. We should not recognize Bulgaria's name. If Serbia
Serbia
does not leave peacefully the illegally occupied countries, we should send bashibazouks (akindjias) and strive until the end to liberate these regions, including Montenegro."[21] On the first meeting of the league the decision memorandum (kararname) said nothing about reforms, schools, autonomy or the union of the Albanian population within one vilayet.[22] It was not an appeal for Albanian independence, or even autonomy within Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
but, as proposed by Pashko Vasa, simply the unification of all claimed territory within one vilayet.[23] The participants wanted to return to the status quo before the start of Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878.[24][25] The main aim was to defend from immediate dangers.[24] Soon that position changed radically and resulted in demands of autonomy and open war against the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
as formulated by Abdyl Frashëri.[26] Berlin Congress[edit]

“ Just as we are not and do not want to be Turks, so we shall oppose with all our might anyone who would like to turn us into Slavs or Austrians or Greeks, we want to be Albanians. ”

— Excerpt from the League of Prizren
Prizren
memorandum to the British delegation at the Berlin Congress, 1878, [27]

. In July 1878, the 60 member board of the League of Prizren, led by Abdyl Bey Frashëri, sent a letter to the Great Powers at the Congress of Berlin, asking for the settling of Albanian issues resulting from the Turkish War.[28] The memorandum was ignored by the congress, which recognised the competing claims of Serbia
Serbia
and Bulgaria
Bulgaria
to territories surrendered by the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
over those of the Albanians.[29] The League of Prizren
Prizren
feared that Albanians
Albanians
would not win in their claims to Epirus
Epirus
over Greece, and organized an armed resistance in Gusinje, Shkodra, Prizren, and Yanina.[30][31] The San Stefano treaty was later superseded by the Treaty of Berlin at the insistence of Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
and Britain.[4] This latter treaty, however, recognized the rival claims of other nations in the region over those of the Albanians.[32] The Congress of Berlin
Congress of Berlin
ignored the memorandum from the league with German chancellor Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck
even proclaiming that an Albanian nation did not exist and that Albania
Albania
was 'just a geographic notion'.[33] The congress ceded to Montenegro
Montenegro
the cities of Bar and Podgorica
Podgorica
and areas around the mountain towns of Gusinje
Gusinje
and Plav, which Albanian leaders considered Albanian territory.[34][35] Serbia also gained some territory which included also ethnic Albanians.[36] The latter, the vast majority of them loyal to the empire, vehemently opposed the territorial losses.[28] Albanians
Albanians
also feared the possible loss of Epirus
Epirus
to Greece.[37][38] The League of Prizren
Prizren
organized armed resistance efforts in Gusinje, Plav, Shkodra, Prizren, Preveza, and Janina.[39][31] A border tribesman at the time described the frontier as "floating on blood."[40] Formation[edit]

Group photo of some of the League of Prizren
Prizren
delegates

On 10 June 1878, about eighty delegates, mostly Muslim religious leaders, clan chiefs, and other influential people from the Ottoman vilayets of Kosovo, Monastir and Yanina, met in the city of Prizren, (Kosova then Ottoman Empire).[41] Around 300 Muslims participated on the assembly, including delegates from Bosnia and the mutasarrif (administrator of sanjak) of Prizren
Prizren
as representative of the central authorities, and no delegates from Scutari Vilayet.[42] The delegates set up a standing organization, the League of Prizren, under the direction of a central committee that had the power to impose taxes and raise an army.[43] The league of Prizren
Prizren
consisted of two branches: the Prizren
Prizren
and the southern branch.[44] The Prizren
Prizren
branch was led by Iljas Dibra and it had representatives from the areas of Kırçova (Kicevo), Kalkandelen
Kalkandelen
(Tetovo), Priştine (Pristina), Mitroviça (Kosovska Mitrovica), Vıçıtırın (Vucitrn), Üsküp (Skopje), Gilan (Gnjilane), Manastır (Bitola), Debre (Debar) and Gostivar. The southern branch, led by Abdyl Frashëri
Abdyl Frashëri
consisted of sixteen representatives from the areas of Kolonjë, Korçë, Arta, Berat, Parga, Gjirokastër, Përmet, Paramythia, Filiates, Margariti, Vlorë, Tepelenë
Tepelenë
and Delvinë.[45] In these regions the movement was primarily Muslim, due to the fact that most of the Orthodox population was under Greek influence.[46] On the other hand, in the northern regions both Muslim and Catholic populations supported the objectives of the League of Prizren.[47] At first the Ottoman authorities supported the League of Prizren, but the Sublime Porte
Sublime Porte
pressed the delegates to declare themselves to be first and foremost Ottomans rather than Albanians.[48][49] Some delegates led by Sheikh Mustafa Ruhi Efendi[50] of Kalkandelen, supported this position and advocated emphasizing Muslim solidarity and the defense of Muslim lands, including present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. This initial position of the league, based on the religious solidarity of the landlords and the people connected with the Ottoman administration and the religious authorities, was reason for naming the league The Committee of the Real Muslims (Albanian: Komiteti i Myslimanëve të Vërtetë).[51] Other representatives, under Frashëri's leadership, focused on working toward Albanian autonomy and creating a sense of Albanian identity that would cut across religious and tribal lines.[52][53] The Ottoman state briefly supported the league's claims viewing Albanian nationalism as possibly preventing further territorial losses to newly independent Balkan states.[54][55] Military resistance[edit]

Picture of Ali Pasha of Gusinje
Gusinje
(sitting, first from the left) with Haxhi Zeka
Haxhi Zeka
(sitting in the middle) and some other members of Prizren League

Failing to win their claims on a diplomatic level, Albanians
Albanians
embarked on the route of military conflict with their Balkan neighbours.[56][7] The Prizren
Prizren
League had 30.000 armed members under its control, who launched a revolution against the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
after the debacle at the Congress of Berlin
Congress of Berlin
and the official dissolvement of the League ordered by the Ottomans who feared the League would seek total independence from the empire.[57] The first military operation of the league was the attack against Mehmed Ali Pasha, the Ottoman marshal who would oversee the transfer of Plav-Gucia area to Montenegro.[36][58] On 4 December 1879 members of the league participated in the Battle of Novšiće
Battle of Novšiće
and defeated Montenegrin forces who tried to take control over Plav and Gusinje.[59][60][61] After the breakout of open war the League took over control from the Ottomans in the Kosovo
Kosovo
towns of Vučitrn, Peć, Kosovska Mitrovica, Prizren, and Gjakova.[62] Guided by the autonomous movement, the League rejected Ottoman authority and sought complete secession from the Porte. The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
sought to suppress the League and they dispatched an army led by Ottoman commander Dervish Pasha, that by April 1881 had captured Prizren
Prizren
and crushed the resistance at Ulcinj.[63][64] The leaders of the league and their families were either killed or arrested and deported.[65][66] In August 1878, the Congress of Berlin
Congress of Berlin
ordered a commission to trace a border between the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and Montenegro.[67] The congress also directed Greece
Greece
and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
to negotiate a solution to their border dispute.[68][69] The Albanians' successful resistance to the treaty forced the Great Powers to return Gusinje
Gusinje
and Plav to the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and grant Montenegro
Montenegro
the mostly Albanian-populated coastal town of Ulcinj.[59][70] There the Albanians
Albanians
refused to surrender. Finally, the Great Powers blockaded Ulcinj
Ulcinj
by sea and pressured the Ottoman authorities to bring the Albanians
Albanians
under control.[71][72] Albanian diplomatic and military efforts were successful in wresting control of Epirus, however some lands were still ceded to Greece
Greece
by 1881.[73][74] The Great Powers decided in 1881 to cede Greece
Greece
Thessaly
Thessaly
and the district of Arta.[75][76] End of the league[edit] Faced with growing international pressure "to pacify" the refractory Albanians, the sultan dispatched a large army under Dervish Turgut Pasha to suppress the League of Prizren
Prizren
and deliver Ulcinj
Ulcinj
to Montenegro.[77][64] Albanians
Albanians
who were loyal to the empire supported the Sublime Porte's military intervention. In April 1881, Dervish Pasha's 10,000 men captured Prizren
Prizren
and later crushed the resistance at Ulcinj.[63][64] The League of Prizren's leaders and their families were arrested and deported.[65][66] Frashëri, who originally received a death sentence, was imprisoned until 1885 and exiled until his death seven years later.[65][78] Legacy[edit]

The building in Prizren
Prizren
from inside the courtyard

View from the street

Formidable barriers frustrated Albanian leaders' efforts to instill in their people an Albanian rather than an Ottoman identity.[79] Divided into four vilayets, Albanians
Albanians
had no common geographical or political nerve center.[79][80] The Albanians' religious differences forced nationalist leaders to give the national movement a purely secular character that alienated religious leaders. The most significant factor uniting the Albanians, their spoken language, lacked a standard literary form and even a standard alphabet. Each of the three available choices, the Latin, Cyrillic, and Arabic scripts, implied different political and religious orientations opposed by one or another element of the population. In 1878 there were no Albanian-language schools in the most developed of the areas claimed by the League, Gjirokastër, Berat, and Vlorë—where schools conducted classes either in Turkish or in Greek. The League of Prizren
Prizren
was among the most obvious Albanian reactions to the dramatic withdrawal of the Albanians' imperial patrons, the Ottoman Empire, after almost four centuries of dominance in the Balkans. The aftermath of the Russo-Turkish war of 1878 produced the Treaty of San Stefano, which recognised the independence and/or territorial claims of Bulgaria, Montenegro
Montenegro
and Serbia. After the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Albanian leaders from Peć, Gjakova, Gusinje, Luma, and from Debar
Debar
and Tetovo
Tetovo
met in Vardar Macedonia
Vardar Macedonia
to discuss the development of what would only later be regarded as a national platform. The group of proto-nationalists received all manner of material and financial support from the Ottoman Empire, which was faced with the realities of having to withdraw yet again from its occupied territories in the Balkans. The League of Prizren
Prizren
received funding, the highest quality weaponry, and diplomatic support from the Porte, which established the Central Committee for Defending Albanian Rights in Constantinople
Constantinople
in 1877. Aftermath[edit] The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
continued to crumble after the Congress of Berlin and Sultan Abdül Hamid II
Abdül Hamid II
resorted to repression to maintain order.[81] The authorities strove without success to control the political situation in the empire's Albanian-populated lands, arresting suspected nationalist activists.[65] When the sultan refused Albanian demands for unification of the four Albanian-populated vilayets, Albanian leaders reorganized the League of Prizren
Prizren
and incited uprisings that brought the region, especially Kosovo, to near anarchy. During the twenty five years that followed the abolition of the League the various uprisings were local in character and occurred mostly in the northern regions and especially in the Vilayet
Vilayet
of Kosovo.[82] The imperial authorities disbanded a successor organisation Besa-Besë (League of Peja) founded in 1897, executed its president Haxhi Zeka
Haxhi Zeka
in 1902, and banned Albanian-language books and correspondence.[83][84] In Macedonia, where Bulgarian-, Greek-, and Serbian-backed guerrillas were fighting Ottoman authorities and one another for control, Muslim Albanians
Albanians
suffered attacks, and Albanian guerrilla groups retaliated.[85][86] In 1905 Albanian leaders meeting in Bitola
Bitola
established the secret Committee for the Liberation of Albania.[87] While it was active, the league managed to bring Albanian national interests before the Great Powers and paved the way for the League of Peja, which had greater foreign support from both Italy and the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Despite the final failure, the League of Prizren
Prizren
had accomplished a great deal. Both Montenegro
Montenegro
and Greece
Greece
had received less Albanian claimed territory than what they would have otherwise received without the organized protest. This was the first step toward a national organization.[88] See also[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
has original text related to this article: Kararname (resolutions) of the Prizren
Prizren
Committee for National Defence

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Albanians
1877-1878 League of Peja Second League of Prizren Rilindja Kombëtare Albanian nationalism and independence Greater Albania Third League of Prizren

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and do not even wish to hear its name mentioned. If Serbia
Serbia
does not agree to give up the regions it has occupied illegally, we will deploy volunteer corps (akindjiler) against it and do our utmost to bring about the return of these regions. We will do the same with Montenegro.  ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 46–47. "a 16 point "decision memorandum" (kararname) said nothing about reforms, schools, autonomy, nothing even about the unification of the Albanian lands in one vilayet" ^ Elsie, Robert (2005), Albanian literature: a short history, London: I.B. Tauris in association with the Centre for Albanian Studies, p. 82, ISBN 1-84511-031-5, retrieved January 18, 2011, Far from an appeal for Albania
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Abdyl Frashëri
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Congress of Berlin
(1878), which assigned to the newly founded Balkan states, such as Montenegro, Serbia, and Greece, Ottoman territories inhabited by Albanian-speaking populations, prompted more nationally-minded Albanian activists to present demands on behalf of an 'Albanian nation', calling for an autonomous Albanian vilayet inside the Ottoman Empire, instead of various 'Albanian' lands scattered across a number of vilayets." ^ Goldwyn, Adam J. (2016). "Modernism, Nationalism, Albanianism: Geographic Poetry and Poetic Geography in the Albanian and Kosovar Independence
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Gusinje
ihre Heimat gegen die Montenegriner. Die historische Schlacht bei Novšiće (alb. Nokshiq) vom 4. Dezember 1879 endete mit einem Sieg der Albanischen Liga; die Montenegriner mußten sich zurückziehen." ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 66-67. ^ a b Gawrych 2006, pp. 62, 66, 68. ^ a b c Skendi 1967, pp. 67-68, 99, 103-107. ^ a b c d Gawrych 2006, pp. 80-81. ^ a b Waller, Michael; Drezov, Kyril (2001). Kosovo: The politics of delusion. London: Psychology Press. p. 173. ISBN 9781135278533.  ^ Gawrych 2006, p. 61. ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 60, 68. ^ Skendi 1967, p. 52. ^ Skendi 1967, pp. 61-64. ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 62-63. ^ Skendi 1967, pp. 65-68. ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 63, 68. ^ Skendi 1967, pp. 69-82. ^ Gawrych 2006, p. 68. ^ Skendi 1967, p. 82. ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 62-63, 66-68. ^ Skendi 1967, pp. 105-106. ^ a b Gawrych 2006, pp. 8, 21-23. ^ Skendi 1967, p. 89. ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 90-91, 104-105, 108-113, 139. ^ Skendi 1967, p. 213. "It can be said that the Albanian insurrections of the first twenty-five years after the abolition of the League of Prizren
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