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Before we get to the whole potato-grave thing presumably why you came to Potsdamwe ought to talk a bit about Prussia first. What is the only state in the history of the world to be abolished by the United Nations? For most of its history Germany was a compendium of several German-speaking countries which continually swapped territory and wars between their kings and dukes.
Which is exactly what happened. That stage was set in large part by Frederick Wilhelm, the Soldier King. He loved military parades and drills, and even tried to breed his own special regiment of tall soldiers called the Potsdam Giants which also sounds like a terrific baseball team.
He was so enthusiastic about breeding his own regiment of super-tall Europeans that he indicated to talent scouts that he was okay with kidnapping reluctant but tall men. When he was ill or particularly depressed he would order a couple hundred servicemen to parade through his bedroom until he felt better.
By the time of his death one of every nine Prussian men were in the army, not including 40, mercenaries. In addition to a militaristic bent, Frederick Wilhelm also aimed to inject a decent work ethic into Prussia. He used to wander around Berlin with a cane beating people he thought were acting lazy.
Then lecture the aggrieved about how they ought to be knitting, or that young men should be marching or taking guns apart and putting them back together instead of sitting around playing cards.
If a minister spent more than an hour preaching on Sunday it was considered excessive and the preacher was fined. On one occasion a peasant saw him and ran the opposite direction, so Frederick Wilhelm chased him down and asked why he had run away.
On top of his belief that the whole of Prussia should be in a constant state of workaholism, Frederick Wilhelm was immensely frugal to the point of selling the royal yacht and firing all of his court musicians.
Sometimes, if he thought a woman was dressed too extravagantly on the street, he would rip off her clothing. For kicks he wrote a manual for literally every single civil servant in Prussia, detailing what their exact duties were. He was also a terrific dad. And so he groomed his son, Frederick, to grow up as a great military strategist.
This was slightly problematic as his son Frederick ideally wanted to be a flutist. Not even a trombone player. So Frederick Wilhelm forbade the prince from flute playing, and subjected him to a rigorous military upbringing.
Not only did Frederick continue clandestinely fluting the most rebellious thing teenagers could do prior to the invention of cocaine he also convinced his tutors to get him a secret library of poetry and Greek and Roman classics, which his father objected to on the grounds that they were neither military strategy nor math.
A good military upbringing is what King Frederick Wilhelm had in mind. Each day young Prince Frederick was awoken by the sound of a cannon going off outside of his window. At the age of six the king gave him his own regiment of children to drill and order around. So he and his best friend escaped from Berlin, were quickly caught, and then brought back to the enraged King Frederick Wilhelm.
The king debated executing young Frederick on grounds of treason, or at least disowning him, but ultimately settled for the lesser punishment of forcing his son to watch his accomplice be decapitated in front of him.Watch video · One centered on the maritime and colonial conflict between Britain and its Bourbon enemies, France and Spain; the second, on the conflict between Frederick II (the Great) of .
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Frederick II, byname Frederick the Great, German Friedrich der Grosse, (born January 24, , Berlin, Prussia [Germany]—died August 17, , Potsdam, near Berlin), king of Prussia (–86), a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and wars against Austria and other powers, greatly enlarged Prussia’s.
Frederick William I: Frederick William I, 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.
The son of the elector Frederick III, later Frederick I, king of. Frederick II, known as Frederick the Great, was Prussia's king from to By winning wars and expanding territories, he established Prussia as a strong military r-bridal.com: Jan 24, Frederick II (German: Friedrich; 24 January – 17 August ) was King of Prussia from until , the longest reign of any Hohenzollern king.
His most significant accomplishments during his reign included his military victories, his reorganization of Prussian armies, his patronage of the arts and the Enlightenment, and his final Father: Frederick William I of Prussia.