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Shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 1928, Europe gained a new kingdom and its only Muslim king: 32-year-old Zog I of the Albanians. Few foreign journalists were present in the Parliament House in Tirana to hear him swear his oath on the Koran and the Bible, yet the birth of the Kingdom of Albania—a native monarchy, not an alien imposition—did not go unnoticed abroad.

King Zog (1895–1961) was a curiosity, and so he has remained: the most atypical European monarch of the twentieth century, a man entirely without royal connections who created his own kingdom. By contemporaries, he was variously labeled "the last ruler of romance," "an appalling gangster," "the modern Napoleon," "the finest patriot," and "frankly a cad." Even today his reputation is disputed, but Zog is undeniably one of the foremost figures in Albanian history. Though notorious for cut-throat political intrigue, he promised to bring order and progress to a land that had long known little of either. "It was I who made Albania," he claimed.

Zog's reign ended in 1939; Italian Fascists forced him into exile and post-war Stalinists kept him there despite his best efforts to return. In this first full biography, Jason Tomes explores the reality behind the man described in The Times as "the bizarre King Zog" and shows him to have been the product of a unique time and place. Tomes invites readers to set aside their assumptions about modern European monarchy and meet a king who fired back at assassins and paid his bills with gold bullion.

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General Series Editors: Gay Wilson Allen and Sculley Bradley

Originally published between 1961 and 1984, and now available in paperback for the first time, the critically acclaimed Collected Writings of Walt Whitman captures every facet of one of Americas most important poets.

This two-volume set proves that Whitmans prose has a quality no less original and distinctive than his poetry.

Volume I: Specimen Days, originally written and published as newspaper dispatches, is a collection of Whitmans on-the-spot notes of his experiences as a volunteer nurse in the hospitals in and around Washington during the Civil War. It contains, too, his nature studies, jotted down at the Stafford Farm near Camden during the years of convalescence after his paralysis in 1873.

Volume II contains three of Whitmans prose collections, Collect, November Boughs, and Good-Bye My Fancy, plus seven pieces not included in the original 1892 edition of the Complete Prose Works.

Synopsis:

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 1,1928, Europe gained a new kingdom and its only Muslim king: 32-year-old Zog I of the Albanians. Few foreign journalists were present in the Parliament House in Tirana to hear him swear his oath on the Koran and the Bible, yet the birth of the Kingdom of Albania--a native monarchy, not an alien imposition--did not go unnoticed abroad. King Zog (1895-1961) was a curiosity, and so he has remained: the most atypical European monarch of the twentieth century, a man entirely without royal connections who created his own kingdom. By contemporaries, he was variously labeled "the last ruler of romance," "an appalling gangster," "the modern Napoleon," "the finest patriot," and "frankly a cad." Even today his reputation is disputed, but Zog is undeniably one of the foremost figures in Albanian history. Though notorious for cut-throat political intrigue, he promised to bring order and progress to a land that had long known little of either. "It was I who made Albania," he claimed. Zog's reign ended in 1939; Italian Fascists forced him into exile and postwar Stalinists kept him there despite his best efforts to return. In this first full biography, Jason Hunter Tomes explores the reality behind the man described in "The Times as "the bizarre King Zog" and shows him to have been the product of a unique time and place. Tomes invites readers to set aside their assumptions about modern European monarchy and meet a king who fired back at assassins and paid his bills with gold bullion.

About the Author

Jason Tomes has lectured in modern history and politics for the Universities of Oxford, Warsaw, and Boston. He is the author of Balfour and Foreign Policy and over fifty articles for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814782835
Author:
Tomes, Jason Hunter
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Whitman Walt
Author:
Stovall, Floyd
Author:
Tomes, Jason
Location:
New York
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Albania
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
ALBANIA_HISTORY
Subject:
Kings and rulers
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Nationalism -- Albania.
Subject:
Zog
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Subject:
American - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
G-2003-77
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , General Series Editors: Gay Wilson Allen and Sculley Bradley

Originally published between 1961 and 1984, and now available in paperback for the first time, the critically acclaimed Collected Writings of Walt Whitman captures every facet of one of Americas most important poets.

This two-volume set proves that Whitmans prose has a quality no less original and distinctive than his poetry.

Volume I: Specimen Days, originally written and published as newspaper dispatches, is a collection of Whitmans on-the-spot notes of his experiences as a volunteer nurse in the hospitals in and around Washington during the Civil War. It contains, too, his nature studies, jotted down at the Stafford Farm near Camden during the years of convalescence after his paralysis in 1873.

Volume II contains three of Whitmans prose collections, Collect, November Boughs, and Good-Bye My Fancy, plus seven pieces not included in the original 1892 edition of the Complete Prose Works.

"Synopsis" by , Shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 1,1928, Europe gained a new kingdom and its only Muslim king: 32-year-old Zog I of the Albanians. Few foreign journalists were present in the Parliament House in Tirana to hear him swear his oath on the Koran and the Bible, yet the birth of the Kingdom of Albania--a native monarchy, not an alien imposition--did not go unnoticed abroad. King Zog (1895-1961) was a curiosity, and so he has remained: the most atypical European monarch of the twentieth century, a man entirely without royal connections who created his own kingdom. By contemporaries, he was variously labeled "the last ruler of romance," "an appalling gangster," "the modern Napoleon," "the finest patriot," and "frankly a cad." Even today his reputation is disputed, but Zog is undeniably one of the foremost figures in Albanian history. Though notorious for cut-throat political intrigue, he promised to bring order and progress to a land that had long known little of either. "It was I who made Albania," he claimed. Zog's reign ended in 1939; Italian Fascists forced him into exile and postwar Stalinists kept him there despite his best efforts to return. In this first full biography, Jason Hunter Tomes explores the reality behind the man described in "The Times as "the bizarre King Zog" and shows him to have been the product of a unique time and place. Tomes invites readers to set aside their assumptions about modern European monarchy and meet a king who fired back at assassins and paid his bills with gold bullion.
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