- n. the Elector of Brandenburg who rebuilt his domain after its destruction during the Thirty Years' War (1620-1688)
“Brandenburg-Prussia to its leading position; Frederick William I increased the standing army to 83,000 men.”
“For a considerable length of time Napoleon tempted Prussia by holding out the hope of this acquisition, and in 1806 by the plan of a North German Confederation of which Prussia was to be the leader, Frederick William II even sought to gain territory in southern Germany.”
“Frederick William III (1797-1840) was a man without much ability, somewhat like a subordinate official in instinct, of good intentions but little force.”
“Frederick William I also was alive to his country's glory, but was more inclined to prepare for war than to carry it on; in many respects his character recalls that of the later William I.”
“Frederick's successor, his nephew Frederick William II (1786-97), was a man of some ability, but was soon led astray by his taste for loose living, and fell under the influence of bad counsellors, such as the theologian and Rosicrucian von Wöllner, and Colonel von”
“Treaty of Basle, Frederick William II agreed with France upon a line of demarcation by which nearly all of northern Germany was declared neutral under the protection of Prussia.”
“For a number of years following this treaty he and his successor, Frederick William III, pursued a policy of neutrality in the great events of Western Europe.”
“In foreign politics Frederick William II disavowed the opposition to Austria when he signed the Reichenbach Convention of 27 July, 1790, with the”
“Frederick II, The Great (1740-88), son of Frederick William I, had probably more intellectual ability than any other Hohenzollern known to history; he had in him a touch of genius.”
“Frederick William (1640-88), and to his grandson, King Frederick”
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