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Frederick The Great

Author : Tim Blanning
ISBN : 9780812988734
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The definitive biography of the legendary autocrat whose enlightened rule transformed the map of Europe and changed the course of history Few figures loom as large in European history as Frederick the Great. When he inherited the Prussian crown in 1740, he ruled over a kingdom of scattered territories, a minor Germanic backwater. By the end of his reign, the much larger and consolidated Prussia ranked among the continent’s great powers. In this magisterial biography, award-winning historian Tim Blanning gives us an intimate, in-depth portrait of a king who dominated the political, military, and cultural life of Europe half a century before Napoleon. A brilliant, ambitious, sometimes ruthless monarch, Frederick was a man of immense contradictions. This consummate conqueror was also an ardent patron of the arts who attracted painters, architects, musicians, playwrights, and intellectuals to his court. Like his fellow autocrat Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick was captivated by the ideals of the Enlightenment—for many years he kept up lively correspondence with Voltaire and other leading thinkers of the age. Yet, like Catherine, Frederick drew the line when it came to implementing Enlightenment principles that might curtail his royal authority. Frederick’s terrifying father instilled in him a stern military discipline that would make the future king one of the most fearsome battlefield commanders of his day, while deriding as effeminate his son’s passion for modern ideas and fine art. Frederick, driven to surpass his father’s legacy, challenged the dominant German-speaking powers, including Saxony, Bavaria, and the Habsburg Monarchy. It was an audacious foreign policy gambit, one at which Frederick, against the expectations of his rivals, succeeded. In examining Frederick’s private life, Blanning also carefully considers the long-debated question of Frederick’s sexuality, finding evidence that Frederick lavished gifts on his male friends and maintained homosexual relationships throughout his life, while limiting contact with his estranged, unloved queen to visits that were few and far between. The story of one man’s life and the complete political and cultural transformation of a nation, Tim Blanning’s sweeping biography takes readers inside the mind of the monarch, giving us a fresh understanding of Frederick the Great’s remarkable reign. Praise for Frederick the Great “Writing Frederick’s biography . . . requires a diverse set of skills: expertise in eighteenth-century diplomatic and military history, including the intricacies of the Holy Roman Empire; a familiarity with the music, architecture and intellectual traditions of Northern Europe; and, not least, a profound sense of human psychology, the better to grasp the makeup of this complex and tormented man. Fortunately, Tim Blanning . . . has all of these skills in abundance.”—The Wall Street Journal “At once scholarly and highly readable . . . [Blanning] has given us a superb portrait of an enlightened despot, equally at home on the battlefield and in the opera house, both utterly ruthless and culturally refined.”—Commentary “Blanning, in clear thinking and prose, investigates all aspects of Frederick’s personality and reign. . . . The last word on this significant king, for years to come.”—Booklist (starred review) “Masterly . . . Blanning brilliantly brings to life one of the most complex characters of modern European history.”—The Telegraph (five stars) “A supremely nuanced account . . . This biography finds [Blanning] at the height of his powers.”—Literary Review From the Hardcover edition.

Frederick The Great

Author : David Fraser
ISBN : WISC:89072018609
Genre : History
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Chronicles the life of the legendary ruler, artistic patron, man of letters, lawgiver, and military commander, examining his use of strategy and psychology within the context of eighteenth-century European diplomacy.

Original Anecdotes Of Frederick The Great King Of Prussia

Author : Dieudonné Thiébault
ISBN : HARVARD:HX1BYH
Genre : Prussia (Germany)
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Confessions Of Frederick The Great And The Life Of Frederick The Great

Author : Heinrich Von Treitschke
ISBN : 9780898755367
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Heinrich von Treitschke (1834-96) was a German historian. A fervid partisan of Prussia, he left Baden at the outbreak of the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and became professor of history at Kiel (1866), Heidelberg (1867), and Berlin (1874). He edited from 1866 through 1889 the monthly Preussische Jahrbüücher and became Prussian state historiographer in 1886. As a young man, he was strongly nationalistic and liberal; as he grew older his political views became more nationalistic and less liberal. Although a member of the Reichstag, he was not especially successful as a practical politician. His writings, however, reflected his political views, his deep hope for the unity and greatness of Germany under Prussian leadership, and his admiration of Bismarck and the Hohenzollerns. They also reflected his strong anti-Semitism. His theories had great impact on the new generation and in academic circles. Treitschke's histories, stirring and graphic and excellent in workmanship, are nevertheless distorted by his fanatic nationalism and his pernicious biases. His masterpiece is his History of Germany in the Nineteenth Century (in 7 volumes, 1915-19). Among his other works are Politics and Origins of Prussianism.

Das Alte Europa 1660 1789

Author : T. C. W. Blanning
ISBN : 3896785516
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Letters Of Voltaire And Frederick The Great

Author : Voltaire
ISBN : UCAL:$B80536
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Frederick The Great

Author : Gerhard Ritter
ISBN : 0520027752
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Der Kartoffelk Nig

Author : Christoph Niemann
ISBN : 3941087495
Genre : Kings and rulers
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Wie der äAlte Fritzä, der Preussenkönig (1712-1786), es damals geschafft hat, seine Untertanen für den Anbau der schmackhaften Kartoffel zu begeistern, wird mit Bildern aus Kartoffelstempeln humorvoll nacherzählt. Ab 5.

Der Antimachiavell

Author : Friedrich der Grosse
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Friedrich II., auch Friedrich der Große oder der Alte Fritz genannt (* 24. Januar 1712 in Berlin ; + 17. August 1786 in Potsdam), war ab 1740 König in und ab 1772 König von Preußen sowie Kurfürst von Brandenburg. Die von ihm gegen Österreich geführten drei Schlesischen Kriege um den Besitz Schlesiens führten zum Deutschen Dualismus. Nach dem letzten dieser Kriege, dem Siebenjährigen von 1756 bis 1763, war Preußen als fünfte Großmacht in der europäischen Pentarchie anerkannt neben Frankreich, Großbritannien, Österreich und Russland. Friedrich gilt als ein Repräsentant des aufgeklärten Absolutismus. So bezeichnete er sich selbst als Ersten Diener des Staates".Anti-Machiavel heißt ein Werk, das sich aus dem Briefwechsel zwischen Friedrich des II. von Preußen und Voltaire 1736-1740 heraus entwickelt hatte. Der damalige Erbprinz hatte im Alter von 24 Jahren mit dem Philosophen und Schriftsteller durch einen Brief vom 8. August 1736 Kontakt aufgenommen. www.arepo.biz

Frederick The Great

Author : Gary Schreckengost
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Without doubt, Frederick the Great of Brandenburg-Prussia (1712-86), is not only one of history

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