Short Summary: Frederick The Great

Short Summary: Frederick The Great


Friedrich der große went through a strict childhood to become the Prussian King in 1740. Months into rule, the Austrian Emperor died, leaving an Austrian empress. Frederick declared her ineligible for the role, and was joined by France, Spain, and Bavaria. Frederick’s three wars ended in 1745, and the other anti-empress countries made peace by 48. As a result, Prussia gained Silesia. But the balance of power had been upset by this, leading to tensions building up in Europe and its colonies. The Seven Years War ultimately broke out with Frederick’s invasion of Saxony to enter Austria through a more open border. It was caught in stalemate for most of the war against France, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Indian Mughals, and most of “Germany”. But Frederick succeeded via multiple miracles, cementing Prussia as a new European power. He allied with Russia to prevent another great war against Prussia, and he made sure as little of “Germany” would be with Austrian influence. He also expanded commerce, industry, mining, and forestry. He had a tight grip over his country, more so than any other nation, innovated law, and grew the army, education, and culture. He worked with Catherine the Great and the new Austrian Emperor to partition Poland-Lithuania. Because of this enlightener, there was a future with Prussia in it.

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