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Kings of the Hellenes: The Greek Kings 1863-1974 Paperback – June 25, 1994

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Product Details

  • 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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John Van der Kiste read Librarianship at Ealing Technical College, where he edited the students' journal Stamp Out. He has published over forty books, including titles on historical biography, local history and true crime, music, fiction, and edited a Christmas anthology. He lives in Devon.

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This book provides an excellent overview of the history of the Greek monarchy.
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.
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A nice little book about the history of the Greek Royal Family. Throughout many books about the Balkans, WWI, and WWII, I have read about all seven Greek kings. It was a pleasure to finally read about why Constantine and Paul ruled during several breaks. The Greeks threw out their kings regularly, and the two above ruled several times.

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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This is an extremely well-written and enjoyable study of the Greek kings of the Glucksburg line descending from Danish King Christian IX (1863-1906). King George I (1863-1913), Constantine I, Alexander I, George II, Paul and Constantine II ruled from 1863 to 1974. The current King of Spain (Philip VI) was the grandson of Greek King Paul I (1947-1964). This is probably the best available histories of the modern Greek monarchy. It also sheds light on the Danish monarchy and last decades of the Russian, Tsarist monarchy. --- The sudden and almost comical twist of events that led to the first Greek king of this dynasty, George I, becoming king in 1863 is especially interesting. Dying king Frederick VII of Denmark became the unexpected champion of the candidacy of George for the vacant Greek throne in opposition to the wishes of George's own father, the future Christian IX. Very strange and very interesting.
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