Mary kittredge a biography of the eighteenthcentury prussian king whose firm government and military exploits earned him the title of enlightened despot. Its territories were greatly increased and its military strength displayed to striking effect. We personally assess every book s quality and offer rare, outofprint treasures. Frederick the great offers a portrait in chiaroscuro, full of intricate shadings and startling contrasts. When he inherited the prussian crown in 1740, he ruled over a kingdom of scattered. Frederick ruled for a period of 46 years in the 18th century and during his time as a monarch of prussia, the country won significant military victories. The tomb of frederick the great was a subject to which old fritz, as he was popularly known, gave a great deal of thought. Frederick the great a military life there you find very very detailed descriptions of the campaigns and battles with a lot of maps. Books by frederick the great author of antimachiavel. In this book on frederick the great she probably has more of a character than even she is used to dealing with. Apr 21, 2020 the crawley great lives lecture series. Frederick ii ruled the kingdom of prussia from 1740 until 1786, the longest reign of any.
Frederick made many mistakes, but his will and determination ensured success. After frederick william is death in 1740, his son and successor took the throne and surprisingly went on to achieve stunning military victories, consolidating prussias role as a great. The story of one mans life and the complete political and cultural transformation of a nation, tim blannings sweeping biography takes readers inside the mind of the monarch, giving us a fresh understanding of frederick the greats remarkable reign. A good book that gives a glimpse of the life of the great frederick, who, to my surprise and slight disappointment, was a francophile, much like the author of the book who kept inserting french references throughout the book without giving proper translations. Oct 16, 2019 born in 1712, frederick william ii, known as frederick the great, was the third hohenzollern king of prussia. Umws great lives lecture series reveals how extraordinary people some born to privilege and power, others from modest backgrounds shaped art, literature, science, government, and the human experience. Thriftbooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices.
Aug 29, 2015 frederick the great is judged by many historians to have been an enlightened despot. As booklovers, wonder book believes that books are not made to be disposed ofthey are made to be read, collected, shared, and displayed. Somehow the powdered entrees and escritoire intrigue of the sun kings court in miss mitfords 1966 presentation tire easier and jollier to trace than the drearier finagling which accompanied. Frederick, an apparently lazy mouse, has a special surprise for the mice who thought he should have been storing up supplies for the winter. Frederick the great hardcover books for sale in stock ebay. His loveless sham of a marriage is explored, as is his muchtoutedand in the authors opinion overemphasizedhomosexuality. Frederick the great, king of prussia, dominated the 18th century in the same way that napoleon dominated the start of the 19th a force of nature, a caustic, ruthless, brilliant military commander, a monarch of exceptional energy and talent, and a knowledgeable patron of artists, architects and writers, most famously voltaire. Thomas carlyles history of frederick the great 8 vol. Caledcott honor award published in 1967 i do not own the rights to this book. Buy frederick the great and his court online of indias largest online book store, only genuine products. At least hitler wrote a book, mein kampf, in which he more or less said what he was going to do.
Frederick ii, known as frederick the great, was prussias king from 1740 to 1786. Frederick, the third king of prussia, ranks among the two or three dominant figures in the history of modern germany. Cambridge scholar tim blannings frederick the great, a lengthy but never lagging biography of one of historys. Clara mundt and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Theres a world of new ideas in every books newsletter. I ts horribly unfair to look back at everything in the german past through the lens of adolf hitler and the third reich. Born in 1712, frederick william ii, known as frederick the great, was the third hohenzollern king of prussia. A fervid partisan of prussia, he left baden at the outbreak of the austroprussian war 1866 and became professor of history at kiel 1866, heidelberg 1867, and berlin 1874. Frederick the great transformed germany and hence europe during his reign, 17401786. Illustratorwalter h everett and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
He created a royal court that was the envy of europe, surrounding himself with intellectuals, musicians, artists, philosophers. It is wellwritten, interesting and very detailed about an interesting period in european history. Geoffrey roberts on an impressive, comprehensive new biography by tim blanning tim blanning. Great deals on frederick the great hardcover books. When he assumed the throne, prussia was a regional power with little influence in germany. Frederick the great 17121786, king of prussia, initiated the seven years war in 1756. On 24, march, 1756, prussian king frederick the great passed the circular order that should ensure the cultivation and deployment of potatoes in his country. Frederick the great presents the most famous hohenzollern monarch in all his splendor and at his pettiest. Frederick the great is one of historys most controversial leaders. The poem is addressed to his italian friend francesco algarotti with. Frederick the great is judged by many historians to have been an enlightened despot. The description of the period in which, as a king, he immersed himself in war, could become hard to follow. An oval portrait of frederick the great hung in hitlers east prussian headquarters behind the russian front, yet the king can hardly be counted the spiritual.
Fraser, a british general and the author of numerous works of history and fiction, first published this biography of the prussian ruler in great britain. Famed for his military successes and domestic reforms, frederick the great was a remarkable leader whose campaigns were a watershed in the history of europe, securing prussias place as a continental power and inaugurating a new pattern of total war that was to endure until 1916. Frederick, the son of frederick william i and his wife, sophia dorothea of hanover, was born in berlin on 24 january 1712, baptised with the single name friedrich. Discover librarianselected research resources on frederick the great from the questia online library, including fulltext online books, academic journals. The ebook frederick the greats allies 175663 menatarms, by stuart reid could be a selection since it is so correct to your requirement now. After a reign of over forty years, and through several wars, he greatly weakened the power of austria in germany, transformed prussia into. But in the case of frederick the great, its almost inevitable. Fraser focuses, in particular, on fredericks central role in european diplomacy as well as on various issues of succession. But there is the saying that the king used a clever trick to convince his subjects. In frederick the great, a richly entertaining biography of one of the eighteenth centurys most fascinating figures, the trademark wit of the author of love in a cold climate finds its ideal subject. Buy frederick the great and his court book by luise m. Welcome back to our series on the libraries of great men. King of prussia by tim blanning random house 688 pp. This book is about frederick the great who in the course of his reign 1740177 turned prussia into a major power.
While other mice are gathering food for the winter, frederick seems to. Frederick the great has 173 books on goodreads with 952 ratings. Fredericks father, the great elector frederick william i, was a hard, gruff man who freely boasted of being a blunt, unlettered german prince, a. Frederick the greats most popular book is antimachiavel. Frederick the great and his family the works of louise muhlbach, volume 2 by louise muhlbach clara mundt.
He was the king of prussia who was more comfortable with the ideals of the french enlightenment, but with the morals of the medicis as he would have described it himself. Get cozy and expand your home library with a large online selection of books at. Frederick the great occasionally rises to greatness. Frederick the great audiobook by charles booth brackenbury. I am looking to get some historical background to help enrich and develop my understanding of friedrich.
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Apr 09, 2014 welcome back to our series on the libraries of great men. A well researched and well written account of one of historys great leaders. What are the best books in english on fredrick the great, and the seven years war in europe. Under his leadership prussia became one of the great states of europe. Frederick the great, king of prussia, dominated the 18th centur. The prussian king frederick ii is today best remembered for successfully defending his tiny country against the three great european powers of. I need your help for my equine friends, so i painted a picture.
List of books and articles about frederick the great online. Biography is the most intimate approach to history, and the most entertaining. Choice this book is not a detailed account of a man and his times in the usual sense, but a critical examination of frederick the great, the institutions of absolutism, the difference between germanys past and that of its western neighbors. A longer work but always readable, blanning has provided a superb. This is a superb book on frederick the great and the prussian army of the 18thcentury. Frederick ii, king of prussia, was a legendary ruler, artistic patron, man of letters, lawgiver, and commander in david frasers words, one of the most. Frederick the great was a remarkable man, a military genius, an astute ruler, and a great friend to many men. The wall street journal as tim blanning makes clear in a new biography that is at once scholarly and highly readable, frederick the great fully deserves historys judgment of him as a transformative figure of the second. The description of the period in which, as a king, he immersed himself in. The army of frederick the great military history book. Famed for his military successes and domestic reforms, frederick the great was a remarkable leader whose campaigns were a watershed in the history of europe, securing prussias place as a continental power and inaugurating a new pattern of total war that was to. The book is lengthy and covers all facets of fredericks life.
Gaines has a keen eye for colour, and enjoys himself greatly regaling us with anecdotes evening in the palace of reason is a wonderful work of popular history. Although prussia had been an influential and important part of the holy roman empire for centuries, under fredericks rule the small kingdom rose to the status of a great european power and had a lasting effect on european politics in general and germany. I vaguely recall learning that he was an important enlightenment king arguably the model of enlightened despotism who befriended voltaire and helped push prussia into the first tier of european powers. Frederick ii, also known as frederick the great, was the king of prussia who belonged to the hohenzollern dynasty and went on to become the longest ruling monarch from his dynasty. The paperback of the evening in the palace of reason. The prussian king frederick ii is today best remembered for successfully defending his tiny country against the three great european powers of france, austria, and russia during the seven years war. He got married, but never spent any time with his queen, they never lived together, in fact, she was never invited to fredericks palace, sans suci. By winning wars and expanding territories, he established prussia as a strong military power. The eminent men of history were often voracious readers and their own philosophy represents a distillation of all the great works they fed into their minds. Famed for his military successes and domestic reforms, his campaigns were a watershed in the history of europe, securing prussias place as a continental power and inaugurating a new pattern of total war that was to endure until 1916. Oct 01, 2015 i ts horribly unfair to look back at everything in the german past through the lens of adolf hitler and the third reich. Mcdonough takes the view of one of fredericks contemporaries that the prussian monarch was impotent. One of them is by getting the publication frederick the greats allies 175663 menatarms, by stuart reid by on the internet as what we tell in the web link download. Among the great wars of history there are few, if any, instances of so long and successfully sustained a struggle, against enormous odds, as that of the seven years war, maintained by prussiathen a small and comparatively insignificant kingdomagainst russia, austria, and france simultaneously, who were aided also by the forces of most of the minor principalities of germany.
What are the best books in english on fredrick the great. Actually, citizens received this only rather refusing, because this subterranean vegetable seemed rather suspicious to them. Confessions of frederick the great and the life of frederick the great book summary. Eric carle, author of the very hungry caterpillar when dreary winter comes, it is frederick.
Frederick the great s cunning plan to introduce the potato. But in his youth, tormented by a spectacularly cruel and dyspeptic father, the future military genius was drawn to the flute and french poetry, and throughout his long life counted. While the sections about fredericks childhood and reign are wellwritten and informative, it is the war coverage that will win over readers looking for a different view of the seven years war. An enlightened ruler who was a musician, patron of the arts, and friend to voltaire, frederick the great was also the architect of prussias military success. The future frederick the great was born on january 24, 1712, in berlin, prussia, the son of frederick wilhelm i, a calvinist who ruled his household and kingdom with a. Clara mundt and a great selection of related books, art and. He became king of prussia at the age of 29, which he went on to weld into one of the most formidable powers of europe. We strive to find a home for every book, and we recycle around 1. Frederick the great and his court the gentlemans library by miss luise muhlbach.
Frederick the great died on august 17, 1786 in the armchair of his study in sanssouci. Fredericks father, frederick william i, was a screaming psychopath who traumatised his son by forcing him to witness the. The birth was welcomed by his grandfather, frederick i, with more than usual pleasure, as his two previous grandsons had both died in infancy. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, frederick seems to daydream the summer away. Pinnacle friesians presents frederik the great 2012. Although prussia had been an influential and important part of the holy roman empire for centuries, under fredericks rule the small kingdom rose to the status of a great european power and had a lasting effect on european politics in general and germany specifically. Frederick the great 171286 is one of the most successful and controversial european monarchs. Few figures loom as large in european history as frederick the great. Frederick the great by david fraser is a very good book about the leader who took prussia from being a middling northern power to being a major european power. Praise for frederick the great writing fredericks biography. The future frederick the great was born on january 24, 1712, in berlin, prussia, the son of frederick wilhelm i, a calvinist who ruled his household and kingdom with a stern, paternal intolerance. This series seeks to trace the stream of their thinking back to the source. Showalter is one of the greatest authorities on the prussian army and he has a keen eye for detail, and an almost conversational style in his presentation of the battles, campaigns, military developments, controversies, etc.710 1526 1445 1498 583 1450 898 542 873 501 643 1499 559 1476 1429 642 711 106 989 1509 1241 1018 983 605 344 1219 1008 174 1039 571 1082 1275 530 851 410 108 1047 1383 517 605 665 1072 766 1330 43