The Youth of Frederick the Great

The Youth of Frederick the Great

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The Youth of Frederick the Great

The Youth of Frederick the Great

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Nature, which prepared countries and formed cradles for different races, did not foresee Prussia. As a matter of fact, there exists no such thing as a Prussian race or territory: Germany is a daughter of Nature; Prussia is the work of man's hand.

In 1713 a man began to reign in Berlin who was born with a military monomania. It pleased this sovereign of eighteen hundred thousand poor subjects to raise an army equal to that of Austria -- that is to say, of an empire containing more than twenty millions of people. This passion governed the thoughts, life, and habits of Frederick William I.; as it was sickly, and bordered on madness, it was sufficient to itself, and needed no outward manifestations. The King- Sergeant loved his army as Harpagon his treasure; his eyes rejoiced at the sight of his battalions as the hands of the miser did at the touch of the golden pieces passing through his fingers. Harpagon opened his coffers merely to gaze upon his money; when the regiments of Frederick William came out of their quarters, it was merely for a parade or review -- they retired again immediately. True, this King had good . . .

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