Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

King of Prussia

Book - 2016
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A portrait of the contradictory ruler who helped elevate Prussia to a first-rate power in the eighteenth century explores such topics as his military accomplishments, his long relationship with Voltaire, and his embrace of Enlightenment philosophies.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781400068128
1400068126
Branch Call Number: B F8724B 2016
Characteristics: xxvii, 653 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, portraits, genealogical table ; 25 cm

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ChristchurchLib May 16, 2016

King Frederick II of Prussia, known as "the Great," brilliantly sustained the well-run state he inherited from his father, Frederick I. Yet in all other respects the younger Frederick was the opposite of his predecessor, who had physically abused him and rejected the music, art, and philosophy he loved. In this "magnificently wrought" (Booklist, starred review) biography, historian Tim Blanning explores Frederick II's psychology while detailing his life and vividly chronicling his accomplishments. General biography lovers and fans of 18th-century European history will find this an engaging study.

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