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Kings of the Hellenes By John Van der Kiste

Kings of the Hellenes
by John Van der Kiste

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When the Greeks deposed their unpopular, childless German-born ruler Otho in 1862, they chose a new king, George I, who proved a popular and effective monarch. Assassinated in 1913, he was succeeded by his son Constantine. This is a biography of the Greek royal family from 1863 to 1974.
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Kings of the Hellenes: The Greek Kings, 1863-1974 by John Van der Kiste

When the Greeks deposed their unpopular, childless German-born ruler Otho in 1862, they chose a new king, George I, who proved a popular and effective monarch, coping with racial tensions in the Balkans and defeat by Turkey in the war of 1897. His family also made good dynastic alliances with the English and Russian royal families. Assassinated in 1913, he was succeeded by his eldest son Constantine. He endeavoured to remain neutral during World War I, but he was forced to abdicate by pressure from both sides and from his own government. His son Alexander succeeded him as king, but died only three years later from a monkey bite, and Constantine was recalled. However, a disastrous war with Turkey in 1922 resulted in a second abdication and his death in exile a few months later. This is a biography of the Greek royal family from 1863 to 1974, during a period of turbulence, and shows both the benefits and disadvantages of the dynasty's close ties to the other royal houses of Europe.

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Table of Contents


"God give him strength and patience"; "He cannot depend on his ministers"; "My father, hitherto infallible as the Deity"; "A good heart and good character"; "Steadfast obedience to the call of duty"; "A beautiful and longed-for summer"; "It it imperative that you remain neutral"; "I beg you all to accept my decision with serenity"; "A city of the dead"; "Poor excellent honest Tino"; "Too sincere and upright a man"; "The well-tried system of constitutional monarchy"; "Learn to trust no one"; "The ancient ties between Crown and people"; "The people of Greece are monarchist in sentiment".

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GOR005259133
Kings of the Hellenes: The Greek Kings, 1863-1974 by John Van der Kiste
John Van der Kiste
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The History Press Ltd
1999-07-22
208
0750921471
9780750921473
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