Frederick the Great: King of Prussia by Timothy C.W. BlanningFrederick the Great, King of Prussia, dominated the 18th century in the same way that Napoleon dominated the start of the 19th - a force of nature, a caustic, ruthless, brilliant military commander, a monarch of exceptional energy and talent, and a knowledgeable patron of artists, architects and writers, most famously Voltaire. From early in his reign he was already a legendary figure - fascinating even to those who hated him.
Tim Blannings brilliant biography recreates a remarkable era, a world which would be swept away shortly after Fredericks death by the French Revolution. Equally at home on the battlefield or in the music room at Fredericks extraordinary miniature palace of Sanssouci, Blanning draws on a lifetimes obsession with the 18th century to create a work that is in many ways the summation of all that he has learned in his own rich and various career. Fredericks spectre has hung over Germany ever since: an inspiration, a threat, an impossible ideal - Blanning at last allows us to understand him in his own time.
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The kings of Prussia were from the House of Hohenzollern. Prussia was a great power from the time it became a kingdom, through its predecessor, Brandenburg-Prussia , which became a military power under Frederick William , known as "The Great Elector". Throughout the next hundred years Prussia went on to win many battles, and many wars. After the Napoleonic Wars led to the creation of the German Confederation , the issue of more closely unifying the many German states caused revolution throughout the German states, with each wanting its own constitution. The North German Confederation, which lasted from to , created a closer union between the Prussian-aligned states while Austria and most of Southern Germany remained independent.
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