Frederick II of Prussia

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    ultimate goal for Frederick II was to promote Prussian power and he understood how to set his nation up for success. Frederick directed state funds towards public welfare (McGoldrick, 12). Frederick understood that homes were destroyed by the Seven Years War and helped his people. When people do not have to worry about shelter or their next meal, they become more productive and this results in an overall more productive nation and better economy. After the Seven Years War, Frederick spent large amounts of resources to directly rebuild Prussia's economy (Murphy, 15). Frederick made the dispensation of justice more equitable (McGoldrick, 9). This protects peasants who are poor and have no social rank from abusive landlords. All of these things that Frederick does for his people are part of his plan to promote Prussian power by creating a strong social infrastructure that the people of Prussia can use to…

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    Frederick II, the 3rd king of Prussia, is among one of the few dominant people in modern Germany's history. Under his rule, Frederick made Prussia one of the great states of Europe. He quickly became known as a good military leader and the Prussian army became a model that was copied by others. He also became a leader for the idea of enlightened government. His example of insisting the state over personal interest and religious toleration spread this idea and effected the main currents of the…

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    Frederick the Great was also successful when the odds were stacked against thanks to luck and his genius. Frederick won the Seven Years War for Prussia (Murphy, 13). Austria’s will to repossess Silesia was a major cause leading up to the Seven Years War. Austria, Russia, France, in Saxony were all allied against Prussia. Great Britain was on Frederick’s side. Frederick understood that these countries did not work well with each other when it came to teamwork and attacked them one at a time…

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    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, Sweden and Russia would be ready to “enter the…

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    Frederick II came to his senses that he had to obey his father when he was appointed commander of an infantry regime. Here he learned how to be a good soldier and leader. Over the years Frederick met and exceeded his father’s expectations but at the same time still studied the music and literature he loved (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 3). On May 31, 1740, Frederick II was crowned the King of Prussia after his father had died. (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 6). Frederick proved to be a…

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    To the people of Fontenay-le-Comte, I thank you all for having provided me with the opportunity to represent you in the National Assembly. In the past few months, I had listened to and voted on each proposition with only your best interest in mind. Despite my efforts, not only have we lost the National Assembly, we have lost our beloved country of France to Austro-Prussia. Despite the loss of our country, I write to you in good faith that the invasion and takeover of France will in fact greatly…

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    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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    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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    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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    Historians often refer to absolutist monarch Joseph II of Austria (1741-1790) as an enlightened despot due to the numerous social reforms he instilled during his reign. Joseph commissioned countless works of propaganda that showcase his enlightened ideology, yet it is through one of these images that one can also see the ironies that invalidate the possibility of an effective enlightened despot. The authority of a despot relies on his ability to secure his own power, while a true Enlightenment…

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