- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Sutton Publishing (June 25, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750921471
- ISBN-13: 978-0750921473
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kings of the Hellenes: The Greek Kings 1863-1974 Paperback – June 25, 1994
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How exactly did the Greek people come to be reigned over by a Danish prince and his heirs? Did a King of Greece really die from a monkey attack? The story of the Greek monarchy has a good mixture of everything that intrigues the typical royal-watcher, and Van Der Kiste tells it well.
You might find it refreshing that, in the chapters dealing with World War One, Van Der Kiste doesn't take a typical (jingoistic) pro-Allied stance. He presents the Hellenic involvement in that war from a Greek royalist perspective.
If the book is lacking, it's in the final chapters. As the author points out, a historian can only do so much justice to a topic as fresh as the royal family's current standing. The subject of the Greek monarchy in the past 60 years could fill another book.
Overall, this is a fine addition to Van Der Kiste's body of work, and a good starting point for anyone researching the subject.
This also clears up how the Greeks were persuaded to fight in WWI. The Allies made them an offer they couldn't refuse. The Allies, particularly Greaat Britain fought Germany because of the guarantee for Belgium's borders. Well, the Allies violated Greek borders by landing troops on the coastline without the consent of the legal Greek government and then overthrew the king. They interfered with the Greek's government neutrality.
I wish the book would have went into the reign of Otto, the Bavarian first king of Greece. I also wished it would have gone into more depth on the end of the Constantine II's reign. This would have cleared up more on Greek history for me. Otherwise, this was a nice written book.
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As I always say the more I read the more I learn. Love this book. Thanks CastillaPublished 3 months ago by Castilla
This is a wonderful work. I am very interested in Royalty and I find Mr. Van Der Kiste's work very informative.Published on May 8, 2009 by Mary Jane Dorey