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At the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, almost every European nation was a monarchy, most linked by close family ties to her and Edward VII, the "uncle of Europe". Prior to the outbreak of World War I, the personal relationships of Edward, and of his successor and son, George V, flourished with the other royal families of Europe. The closeness of the European families was violently interrupted by the outbreak of war in 1914, and the armistice of 1918 brought three empires, namely Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia, crashing down. Some monarchies were strengthened, and others weakened beyond repair. In this well-researched study, John Van der Kiste has drawn upon previously unpublished material for the Royal Archives, Windsor, to show the realtionships between the crowned heads of Europe in the first part of the 20th century. His account sheds new light on foreign policy leading up to World War I.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750934312
ISBN-10: 075093431X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Ever since the death of Prince Albert, when Queen Victoria withdrew from society and from any active interest in politics altogether, monarchs have been considered as more or lessnon-speaking walk-on parts in the theatre of world affairs. Van der Kiste's enthralling book, subtitled The British and European Monarchies 1901-36, is a revealing study of the roles played by Victoria's eldest son and grandson on the political stage,but is also terrific fun and has many first-class gossipy anecdotes too. Edward VII, thought of by most historians to be little more than an amiable buffoon, comes across as an alert and concerned diplomat who was almost alone in being able to cope with the odious, self-aggrandising schemes of his egregious nephew Kaiser Wilhelm; while George V in his turn is shown to have been a considerable intellectual force, infinitely more in fact than the general view of him asthe chap who merely shot birds and stuck stamps in his album. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - John Van der Kiste

John Van der Kiste is a well known author of Royal History, who has also written 'The Romanovs' King George V's Children'. Princess Victoria Melita', 'Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz', 'Georgian Princesses' and 'Xenia, Once a Grand Duchess.

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