Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

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Frederick William, the "Great Elector" of Brandenburg-Prussia, laid the corner-stone for Prussia's future importance as a world power. He revived his country after the havoc created by the Thirty Years' War; he expanded its territory and organized its internal administration. Under his rule the world at large began to realize the existence of this little principality; he won a place for Brandenburg-Prussia in the councils of Europe. He paved the way for his great-grandson, Frederick, to create a great and powerful position for Prussia in the years to come. Before the Great Elector's time, furthermore, Brandenburg-Prussia had been a constitutional State, governed by the Elector and a Diet; he changed it into an absolute monarchy. This, too, was, of course, important for Frederick the Great; when he became King he was an absolute ruler from the start: there was no Diet to be considered.

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