Frederick II

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  • Dante's Inferno: Pier Delle Vigna

    Pier delle Vigna was inappropriately charged with the attempted murder of Frederick II, Holy Roman emperor and king of Sicily. He was conspired against by envious people who wanted to see an end to his greatness. Once charged, Pier was jailed, beaten, and had his eyes viciously removed from his skull, blinding him. He saw no hope for his future, and therefore ended his life, by bashing his head against the wall until his brain leapt from his cranium. Pier was the victim of political envy, which is why Dante was so piteous of him in Inferno, Canto XIII. Pier delle Vigna was in the public eye, in a position of power, and this was his tragic flaw. Because of this fact, he was targeted and he fell horrendously down into the second round of the seventh circle of Hell, the Wood of the Suicides, his soul tethered to the life of a gnarled tree. It is only proper to explain the life of Pier delle Vigna, before his untimely ending and “life” in death. He started out from somewhat humble beginnings. In the footnotes of Inferno, Canto XIII, it states: “Pier’s name means Peter of the Vine, probably because his father had been a simple worker in a vineyard (Dante, Inferno 13).” He attended school at the first university, University of Bologna, which was founded in 1088. Shortly after he finished school in 1220, he was employed by…

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  • Montesquieu's Influence On The US Constitution

    He did not limit his reforms to appease the nobility in order for his success like Catherine II, but fought against them. Despite his alienation from the nobility and the church, he was successful in his reforms during his lifetime. He drastically changed the Austrian Empire by abolishing serfdom, allowing religious toleration, and annulling the death penalty. Most importantly, Joseph II believed that everyone had the same basic rights and that the government may not interfere with them. His…

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  • How Did Prussia Survive A Victory In World War I?

    After a military success conquering Saxony on September 10, Frederick II, King of Prussia wrote on October 26, 1756, “The enemy apparently made more mistakes than my officers, to the point where, this year, we have succeeded. However, this whole campaign is but the arrangement of the chessboard. This coming year, the game will begin and it is a difficult task that I have proposed to myself to be wise still.” Frederick had now to await the forthcoming of the next campaign, when France, Austria,…

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  • Advantages Of Enlightenment Despotism

    soon reinvigorate France with “a free constitution, a potent monarchy, a disciplined army, [and] a reformed and venerated clergy” (Popiel et. al., 148), qualities of a strong and stable government of which France had been denied because of the revolutionaries’ undertaking. My confidence in our new rulers and the restoration of our state lies in the central ideology of Emperor Leopold II of Austria and King Frederick William II of Prussia, both of whom are enlightenment despots. Enlightenment…

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  • Analysis Of Montesquieu's Diary: The Dutchess Salon

    Knowing I had to back up such a grand monarch who I have enjoyed the patronage of over the years, I quickly barged into the conversation. At first, Montesquieu quickly accused me of having little to say, calling me “just a musician”; it is clear he has not seen any of my operas, nor will he be invited to any in the near future. Listening to him drone on got a bit dull, and I decided to lampoon him by bringing up my own ideas of liberation, government, and religious tolerance which were so much…

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  • Symbolism In The Heroic Slave By Frederick Douglass

    Nat Turner's Confessions and Frederick Douglass' The Heroic Slave The names of Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass are remembered because of the fame that they earned as black Americans during pre-Civil War slave period. However, their names color the pages of history books for widely different reasons: Nat Turner led one of the greatest slave revolts in almost 150 years of slavery, while Frederick Douglass obtained his freedom and education, going on to become a renowned speaker, author, and…

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  • Rosa Parks Definition Of Heroism

    Rosa Parks displayed this extremely well when she refused “to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus” (“biography.com”) because she felt that segregation was morally wrong. Although the beliefs of the world cast her into prison, Rosa Parks still held her own firm belief that people are equal, and her actions eventually led into rebellions against segregation. Likewise, Frederick Douglass, a free African American slave, also stood up for the importance of equality.…

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  • The Impact Of Kaiser Wilhelm II, The Emperor Of Germany

    Kaiser Wilhelm II, the emperor of Germany (1888-1918), significantly impacted not only the governance of his country, Germany, but ultimately influenced the rising tensions between rival nations on an international level. Kaiser’s authoritarian upbringing caused dysfunctional relationships within his family and his British monarchy. This led to his hatred toward Britain. His erratic nature may not personally have decided that Germany should go to war, however he had put into place the structures…

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  • Similarities Between Frederick Douglass And Olympe De Gouges

    During the 18th and 19th centuries, both Frederick Douglass and Olympe de Gouges were implicitly forced by their government to fight against civil right violations. In the 19th century, Frederick Douglass released The Right to Criticize American Institution corresponding to Slavery and its ill-willed repercussions amongst 3,000,000 people of color in America. In the 18th century, Olympe de Gouges released Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen which was a reinterpretation…

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  • Catherine The Great: The Rise And Fall Of Catherine The Great Russia

    During her reign she made a lot of improvements to Russia that have improved the government and the country for a long time. Then in 1772 she came together with Frederick William II of Prussia and Maria Theresa, the three of them divided a large section of Poland between their three states so Russia grew much bigger than it was before (McGuire 86). Under Catherine’s rule they defeated the Turks so Russia also spread southward to the Black Sea (Spielvogel 410). Many people have said that during…

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