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Crowns in a Changing World: The British and European Monarchies, 1901-36

Crowns in a Changing World: The British and European Monarchies, 1901-36 [Kindle Edition]

John Van der Kiste
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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 In this well-researched study, John Van der Kiste has drawn upon previously unpublished material for the Royal Archives, Windsor, to show the relationships between the crowned heads of Europe in the first part of the 20th century.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.

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1433 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X73VG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Van der Kiste read Librarianship at Ealing Technical College, where he edited the student librarian journal Stamp Out. The author of over fifty books, including historical and royal biography, popular music, true crime, local history, plays and fiction, he has also contributed articles to and reviewed books and records for local and national publications, was a consultant to the BBC documentary 'The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar', and is a contributor to 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' and 'Guinness Rockopaedia'. He lives in Devon. His latest titles are 'Plymouth: A City at War' (The History Press), 'The last German Empress' and 'The Big Royal Quiz Book' (both Amazon Kindle). 'The Prussian Princesses' is due through Fonthill Media later in 2014.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History how i like it! 4 Feb 2004
By Peter J. Hewitt VINE VOICE
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This is a little gem of a book. 224 pages may seem small for a book on such a broad subject, but i like the fact that, with books like this if a subject interests you, then you can then read more indepth books on those subjects (I have just,upon finishing this book, ordered 3 books for indepth history on people featured in this book).
Queen Victoria died in 1901 leaving a Europe that seemed closer then ever, especially because most of the Royalty in Europe was related, especially to Victoria and her successors Edward VII and George V.
Yet within 17 years Europe was ripped apart by the Great War and at least half of Europe's Royalty had lost their thrones, some in cold blood.
A great book into what happened to these familys and 16 pages of fascinating Photos/Paintings of those lifes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 13 Nov 2009
I recommend it highly for anyone wishing to put into perspective a - at the time- complicated and far-reaching family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book 10 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this book. One of the reasons may be that I like John Van der Kiste and his style of writing. But even if you are not a fan of his, but like this period of history, give it a try. This book is very informative and really explains well how the world has changed. Best of all, it's based on the lives of royalty, so it makes it highly entertaining too. I'm surprised we haven't had good television series about them. Recommended ;-)
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