Year VII, January – June 2022, 1-2


Bardhyl Demiraj

In memoriam Peter Bartl
(26.11.1938 – 29.3.2022)

Peter Bartl has shed his mortality. On the evening of March 29, the Albanian historian closed his eyes for the last time at the age of 84. The scientific and intellectual world of Albanology has lost one of its great scholars who dedicated his intellectual life and social commitment to the compact Albanian-speaking area and the Albanian historical diaspora.
Peter Bartl was born in Cottbus (Germany) in 1938, where he also attended elementary and high school. After moving to the Federal Republic of Germany, he continued his university studies in the fields of Eastern and Southeastern European history, Slavic studies and Turkic studies, first in Göttingen and later in Munich (LMU) under the famous historian Georg Stadtmüller, the Slavic studies specialist, Alois Schmaus and the Turkish studies scholar, Hans-Joachim Kißling. Working as Stadtmüller’s assistant, scientific research and university activity determined, from the very beginning, his focus on the history and culture of the compact Albanianspeaking sphere and the Albanian world in general, always guided by the principle of his teacher’s thesis, according to which “Albania is the fulcrum of Archimedes’ lever, which helps us to penetrate the history and prehistory of the Balkan Peninsula” (Stadtmüller).
Peter Bartl remained faithful and obedient to this thesis, extending it to the mosaic of the history of spiritual culture among Albanians, with whom he was spiritually connected until the end of life. The interdisciplinary conception between history and ethnic culture together with the Albanian language, which he mastered thanks to perseverance and cooperation with his colleague and friend Martin Camaj, is further evidenced by his first works, with which he fulfilled the obligations of his professional career among them: „Die albanischen Müslime zur Zeit der nationalen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung“ (1968 = The Albanian Muslims at the Time of the National Independence Movement), „Der Westbalkan zwischen der Spanischen Monarchie und dem Osmanischen Reich“ (1974 = The Western Balkans between the Spanish Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire). The highlights of his intellectual activity are, besides the work „Albanien – vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart“ (1995, 1999, serb. 2001, etc. = Albania – from the Middle Ages to the Present), his five-volume masterpiece “Albania sacra”, which contains documentary-archival material for the entire ecclesiastical administrative area, from the XVI-XVII centuries to the end of the XIX century, the Archbishoprics and Bishoprics of Durrës, Lezha, Sarda and Sapa, Pult and Shkodra. These followed two earlier editions with archival material of the Archbishopric of Bar under the apostolic leadership of Vincenz Zmajevich (1702-1723). His colleagues have recently compiled a special volume of scholarly articles published over thirty-five years of scholarly activity in professional journals, popular magazines, and volumes of various vintages: “Peter Bartl. Die Albaner in der europäischen Geschichte: Ausgewählte Aufsätze“ (edd. – B. Demiraj & R. Elsie: Albanian Studies, vol. 28, 2016 = Albanians in European History. Selected articles).
Peter Bartl organized the work, and the meticulous collection of the richest Albanological scientific library in the Western European Alps, which, after his retirement, was not adequately preserved by the structural changed made to the Institute of Eastern and Southeastern European Studies, and left to rot in the cellars of the Southeastern Institute for several years, until it finally made its tragic exodus to Vienna.
Peter Bartl took over for decades the entire management of the Albanien-Institute of Munich, turning it into a genuine center of academicscientific meetings which gained a considerable reputation and respect for its Albanian studies research in Munich and Western Europe. In the capacity of publisher and editor-in-chief, Bartl directed the Munichbased “Albanische Forschungen” series, motivating and supporting the publication of 47 (+ 4) monographs of an albanological nature covering the fields of Albanian history, linguistics and culture in general. Peter Bartl has been a tireless contributor to a large number of series, periodicals and magazines in Germany, Italy, where we can distinguish, among others the magazine „Shêjzat – Le Pleiadi“ (in the 60s-70s of the last century – E. Koliqi) and „Shêjzat – Pleiades. Series Nova“ (A. Ndreca), as well as „Hylli i Dritës“ (A. Ndreca, later V. Demaj).
Peter Bartl was also an external member of the Albanian Academy of Sciences. He has been honored, among others, by the President of the Republic of Albania with the “Medal of Gratitude” and by the University Urbaniana (Rome) with the “Gold Medal”.
He was a friend of Albania and Albanians, who will always enjoy the respect and appreciation of all who are part of and in contact with the Albanian world.

Peter Bartl

Begegnungen mit der albanischen Geschichte

Titos Jochalas

Njohja ime me Peter Bartl

Robert Elsie / Bardhyl Demiraj

Bibliographie der wissenschaftlichen Publikationen von Peter Bartl

Persida Lazarević Di Giacomo

La ricezione di Peter Bartl in Serbia

Milan Šufflay

Acta Albaniae – Si duhet të vijojë botimi i tyre!

Joachim Matzinger

Eine Randnotiz zu Gjon Buzukus Seelsorgehandbuch

José M. Floristán

Relación de Albania de Charles de Belmont (1623)

Bardhyl Demiraj

– SHQIPTAR – në një dorëshkrim të shek. XVII

Petar Vrankić

I francescani croati e i vescovi di provenienza dalmata e bosnense nelle missioni d’Albania dal XVII al XX secolo

Andrea Di Giuseppe

Come testimonio di vista: una lettera di Giovanni Battista di Nicola Kazazi (15 ottobre 1745) a Genazzano

Italo Sarro

L’arcivescovato di Durazzo intorno alla metà del XVIII secolo

Lucia Nadin

Alla vigilia del rivoluzionario 1848: ripresa e rilancio a Venezia del mito di Scutari

Elda Omari

Tito Livio e il territorio sud-occidentale dei Balcani, l’Albania. Dalla testimonianza liviana al dato archeologico.


Mustafa Kruja

Letërkëmbim i Mustafa Krujës me Institutin e Studimeve Shqiptare.

Arshi Pipa

Letërkëmbimi i Arshi Pipës me Mentor Qukun (1992-1996).


Ardian Ndreca

Primo Shllaku, Nji letërsi tjetër. Zef Zorba, Lec P. Shllaku, Frederik Rreshpja, Botimet e Bardha, Tiranë 2021, 285 ff.