‘New Albania’ was a political, social, illustrated periodical appearing bi-monthly in Albanian, Chinese, Russian, French, English and Arabic. It started its publication in the the early days of the Socialist Republic in 1947 and was published until everything fell apart in Albania in 1991.
Through the use of pictures, cartoons, stories and short pieces about the people and the lifestyle of ordinary Albanian workers the magazine sought to provide a view of the country that was otherwise never publicised in the rest of the world. This covered such aspects of Albanian society as Socialist industry, collectivised agriculture and education. Also it sought to give an introduction to the history of the country with articles on archaeology, linguistics, folklore and traditional dress and activities, literature, cinema and the history of art in the pre-Socialist era.
The magazine, which was lighter in its presentation, preceded the publication of ‘Albania Today’ (from the end of 1971), which was much more of a theoretical magazine that made a contribution to the various debates in the International Communist Movement.
At the moment we only have access to issues from the 1970s and they will be posted as soon as possible. As with the request made on the ‘Albania Today’ page we would always welcome the loan of later issues so that they, too, can be made available to a wider readership.
JV Stalin – Lenin’s faithful disciple and comrade in arms
The revolutionary spirit in Albanian painting and sculpture by A Kuqali
A chapter from ‘The Castle’ by Ismail Kadare
Andrea Aleksi – a distinguished sculpture of the XV century
‘Ideas engraved on stone’ – the story of sculpture in Socialist Albania
Our folk dances
Attempt upon the king’s life
Our Encyclopedia – answers to questions about Albania
The school which gives eyesight to the blind
A happy old age
We, the youth of the plant
Cadres who are engaged in production work
The most ‘privileged’ – young children in Socialist Albania
The patient and the scalpel – medicine in Socialist Albania
Past Values Preservation Institute – restoration of religious buildings
What do we vote for?
Together with the geologists
The Green Laboratories
Youth taking part in mass undertakings
A nation rising in arms