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Re: RIP Crown Prince Leka
Posted by Guy Stair Sainty on 7/12/2011, 19:11:49, in reply to "Re: RIP Crown Prince Leka"
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: And Zog could claim on his favour that he was
: a "local man", not an imported
: king as in Roumania, Bulgaria or Greece,
: with none whatsoever ties to the country
: they were "offered" to reign in.
: Without the background of the Karageorgevics
: or Petrovics, but every dynasty has to have
: a starter without royal blood.
: Take Monaco and the devious "monk"
: that assaulted the rock and started a
: Or the most unroyal Bonapartes that, would
: History have been different, might still be
: reigning in Imperial France.
The 19th century was the last period when the great powers were pretty much united in the belief that monarchy was the best form of government. France was persuaded to go along with this in 1876 and was in any case hardly in a position to challenge the other powers. The great powers perceived the establishment of monarchies as supporting their own domestic regimes.
Furthermore the elites of Romania, Greece, and Bulgaria all wanted monarchies with kings provided by the powers because (a) it would mean they would be preserved from internal struggles for the throne which would lead to one of the elite families lording it over the others, and (b) because they believed that the great powers would have a greater interest in coming to their help if needed.
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