Frederick William IV of Prussia

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    Though the painting is of a real palace, the composition is teeming with the lush greenery, almost to the point of an excess of foliage. This abundance of flora mirrors perhaps nostalgic attitudes for the more economically prosperous times of Prussia, when the state was abundant with greenery in the form of wealth and power in comparison to the other Germanic states. To accentuate this point, Blechen 's composition includes a ceiling-to-floor perspective, utilizing the small four figures in the midground to highlight the grandness of the giant foliage. Additionally, Blechen includes an exotic motif of the four mystic women, dressed in Indian garb, which can be interpreted as representing disdain for the previously held neutrality withheld by the state, limiting its power and interaction with other exotic…

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    A famous figure in France who led the French army, and many others, to victories in Europe, Napoleon lived from 1769-1821 and ruled France during the French Revolution. Authors Herold and Roberts debated the legacy of Napoleon, each choosing very different opinions about his decisions as a ruler. Events such as John Hunter’s nightly sojourns as a body snatcher, Fredrick the Great and his Father’s experiences in Prussia, and Great Britain’s road-building parliament exemplify the themes of 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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    Those differences focus on the power of the nobility and the serfdom still existent in the eastern countries. In France, the power of the nobility was limited by the monarch. Louis XIV built the Versailles Palace as a distraction for the noble so they would not interfere with Louis’s political affairs. This differed greatly in eastern Europe. In Prussia, the Junkers, the nobility, formed the backbone of the Prussian military officer unit. They had power and a strong influence in political…

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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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    Prussia The Prussian Kingdom existed from 1701 to 1918. It was ruled by the Hohenzollern dynasty for the entirety of its existence. From beginning to end there were a total of ten kings that ruled as the Prussian monarchy. It began with Frederick I declaring himself king, and it ended with William II’s abdication. The first King of Prussia was Frederick I. He was born in Königsberg, Prussia on July 11, 1657. It was an ambition of his to become king, and in 1701 he succeeded due to a treaty…

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    The rise of Prussia within the German Empire began with Frederick William, the “Great Elector” (1640-1688), through shrewd diplomatic maneuvering and efficient domestic governance. Frederick William unified many of the scattered territories into the most powerful Protestant state and turned these territories into a unified state, to become a leading political player in northern Europe. This was a critical step in the rise of Prussia because if the smaller territories could not have been unified…

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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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