King Zog: Self-Made Monarch of Albania

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History Press Limited, Sep 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Shortly before 5pm on Saturday 1 September 1928 Europe gained a new kingdom and its only Muslin king: 32-year-old Zog I of Albania. Zog I was a crucial figure in modern Albanian history, creating - or attempting to create - national and cultural identity for a country that had known little stability or sense of identity since the middle ages. He was also the most unusual monarch of the 20th century, described by contemporaries as: a despotic brigand; the modern Naploeon; Mussolini's lackey; the finest patriot; frankly a cad. This biography shows Zog as the product of a unique time and place. People who live in secure, stable countries are invited to set aside their assumptions about European monarchy and meet a king who fired back at assassins and paid his bills with gold bars.

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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.

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