A biography and life work of frederick the great third king of prussia

On 4 JuneFrederick trapped a joint force of Saxons and Austrians that had crossed the mountains to invade Silesia.

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Nothing, however, seemed more important to the monarch than amassing a large reserve of cash to be used for the recruitment of men in case of war. Frederick was aided in the negotiations by Charles Ancillon. Peter III was so enamored of Frederick that he not only offered him the full use of a Russian corps for the remainder of the war against Denmark, he also wrote to Frederick that he would rather have been a general in the Prussian army than Tsar of Russia.

But here again his outlook was essentially conservative. King Frederick with his brothers. But he also suffered serious defeats at Hochkirch in October and above all at the hands of a Russian army at Kunersdorf in August He had been educated by a FrenchwomanMadame de Montbail, who later became Madame de Rocoulleand he wished that she educate his children.

During his childhood, his mother introduces him to a wide range of Enlightenment ideas, including French culture and classical texts, while his strict father enrolls him in military training. Frederick also invited German immigrants to the province, [88] hoping they would displace the Poles.

On 6 Januaryhe wrote to Count Karl-Wilhelm Finck von Finckenstein"We ought now to think of preserving for my nephew, by way of negotiation, whatever fragments of my territory we can save from the avidity of my enemies".

Dismissive of contemporary German culture, Frederick instead pursued an imperialist policy, acting on the security interests of his state. Frederick, the third king of Prussiaranks among the two or three dominant figures in the history of modern Germany. The Holy Roman emperor Charles VIof the Austrian house of Habsburgdied on October 20, leaving as his heir a daughter, the archduchess Maria Theresawhose claims to several of the heterogeneous Habsburg territories were certain to be disputed.

Frederick prided himself on being, among rulers, the leading representative of the high culture of his day. Therefore, the Prussian king struck preemptively and quickly occupied Silesia, using as justification an obscure treaty from between the Hohenzollern and the Piast dynasty of Brieg Brzeg.

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Nevertheless, although Frederick was largely irreligious, he to some extent appeared to adopt this tenet of Calvinism. Keith was intelligent, but without education. Frederick was brought up by Huguenot governesses and tutors and learned French and German simultaneously.

Frederick, however, thanks to his father, had a fine army and ample funds at his disposal. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Notably, his insistence on the primacy of state over personal or dynastic interests and his religious toleration widely affected the dominant intellectual currents of the age.

As Frederick grew older, these showed themselves with increasing clarity. He sought to expel the nobles through an oppressive tax system and the peasantry by eradicating the Polish national character of the rural population by mixing them with Germans invited in their thousands by promises of free land.

Frederick II had abolished judicial torture, except flogging for desertion. Moreover, in peacetime the soldiers served with their regiments only for a few months of the year, spending the remaining part in agriculture or some urban employment.

In Frederick inherited a standing army of 83, men; when he died, this figure had risen tothough of these only about 80, were Prussian subjects.

However, by the end of the year lack of French support and threats to his lines of communication had forced him to retreat. Rise To Fame As Frederick The Great Although he was widely known as a tactical genius and a skillful military theorist, it was his domestic policies that made him known as Frederick the Great.

He was the third son to be born, but first of thirteen children to survive infancy. They agreed to the First Partition of Poland inwhich took place without a war. A small number of favoured industrialists, notably David Splitgerber and Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky in the s, benefited by these policies, but for Prussia as a whole they were largely a misuse of resources.

Frederick claimed most of the Polish province of Royal Prussia. In January he attempted to escape from this menacing situation by an agreement with Britain for the neutralization of Germany in the Anglo-French colonial and naval war that had just begun.

More than anything, however, he was helped by the complete failure of his enemies to cooperate effectively, while a partly British and British-financed army in western Germany from onward neutralized the French military effort.

As the forces he could put in the field dwindled and resistance grew among his subjects to the unprecedented burdens imposed by the war in the landowners of Brandenburg refused to contribute furtherthe Prussian position became increasingly difficult; by it was desperate.

Exports were to be encouraged in the same way. Frederick II had a secret library with tutor Jacques Duhan, amassing a collection of three thousand books of poetry, philosophy, and classics.

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That year an army under his command besieged and captured Bonn. Hitler had then moved the bodies, hiding them in a salt mine to protect the bodies from destruction during the war. It was written in French and published anonymously inbut Voltaire distributed it in Amsterdam to great popularity.

When Frederick William died inhe left his son an army of about 83, out of a population of 2, a war chest of more than 8, taler, and a Prussia that had become the third military power on the European continent, after Russia and France.Aug 18,  · Frederick II (German: Friedrich; 24 January – 17 August ) was the third Hohenzollern king, reigning over the Kingdom of Prussia from until As a child, his father, Frederick I, made young Frederick work in the region's provinces, teaching the boy about the area's agriculture and geography.

The manuscript was stolen and a pirate copy was published in Amsterdam in as The Private Life of the King of Prussia.

Frederick the Great: King of Prussia (), major. Frederick William I, German Friedrich Wilhelm I, (born August 14,Berlin—died May 31,Potsdam, Prussia), second Prussian king, who transformed his country from a second-rate power into the efficient and prosperous state that his son and successor, Frederick II the Great, made a major military power on the Continent.

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mi-centre.com tells you about Frederick I, the first king of Prussia. He ruled for 13 years and helped establish Prussia’s cultural mi-centre.com: Jul 11, Apr 18,  · Biographical documentary of the life of Frederick The Great. Part one of a People Profiles Special biography documentary on the life of Frederick II of Prussia.

Born in Königsberg, he was the third son of Frederick William, His grandson, Frederick the Great, was the first Prussian king to formally style himself "King of Prussia". [citation needed] Frederick I on a coin from Frederick I of Prussia.

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