Why did Albania Side with China After the Sino-Soviet Split? (Short Animated Documentary)

When the USSR and the People’s Republic of China had a falling out in 1960, China got Albania in the divorce. But given Albania’s geographic position and that siding with China would leave it isolated amongst the Socialist world why did Albania do so? To find out watch this short and simple animated history documentary.

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Comment (27)

  1. History Matters uses script and dialogue that is clever. All the commenters who repeat these clever lines then and some trite addendum are not.

  2. Damn the Bunkers joke is absolutely hilarious. It sounds bonkers… ha … lets say no pun intended… but having grown up in albania in the early 2000s (born 98) i had to walk past like 5-6 shit and piss smelling bunkers on my way to school everyday…

  3. I was ridiculed by my 6th grade teacher for saying that Albania was allied with China, not the Soviet Union. Sister Honoria went to the map and pointed out how much closer Albania was to the USSR and how far from China. Now my source was having read a Mrs Polifax novel (about a retired widow that goes to work for the CIA) that had Albania's alliance with China as plot point, not a textbook. She actually mocked me for believing something I read in a novel. She was fairly nasty about it. That still bothers me 45 years later. I'd show her this video (because everyone knows a novel plus an animated Internet video constitutes incontrovertible proof) but as she was in the neighborhood of 60 when she was my teacher, I kind of doubt she's still among the living.

  4. Unbelievable how people interpret history just on some simple facts based on face value. There's much more going on than what the mainstream narrative says, the events of the last 2 years have highlighted that.

  5. There should be an episode done about when the UN security council switched from Taiwan to mainland China

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