Review of Reviews and World's Work Volume 11
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...bred a generation of statesmen whose like the world has hardly seen, and the great leader of our armies proved as great a leader of the new state. But for a Washington where had Greece to look? Not among her local chiefs, with their parochial views and petty quarrels. She found her first chief magistrate in a Corfiote Greek with an Italian name and a Venetian title serving as a Bussian diplomat. Capo d'Istria came not to serve Greece but to makeGreece his servant; and over and above all his vain vexatious doings--hardly expiated by his assassination--he wrought one wrong which for Greece remains inexpiable. He cost her a king who might have founded a great and strong state in the jEgean. For after the "untoward event" of Navarino, the Powers in conference at London (1838) declared CROWTJ PRINCE CONSTANTINE AND PRINCESS SOPHIA. man-kings of his day, or, perhaps, his century.' Arguing from what has been to what might have been, we may fairly say that Greece lost a golden opportunity; and not for one generation only, for Leopold II is to this day a statesman-king upon his father's throne. Belginm secured sixty years of wise and steady rule--and unhappy Greece got King Otho. Leopold was a full-grown man of thirty and a trained soldier; Otho a weak but stubborn Bavarian princeling of seventeen, and when the Powers made a gift of him to Greece they sent along a Bavarian camarilla and a Bavarian body guard of 9,000 troops to plague and devour the country. It is not the Greeks only who are to be dreaded when they bring gifts. Had George Canning lived the gift of Europe might have been more generous and more wise. In the midst of their struggle (1825) the Greek nation by its assembly had placed "the sacred deposit of its liberty, ...
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