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Frederick William II


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  • n. king of Prussia who became involved in a costly war with France (1744-1797)


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  • Declaration of Pillnitz, signed by Frederick William II of Prussia and Leopold II, the emperor (r. 1790–92, succeeded by Francis II), stated that the two rulers would intervene in French affairs only with unanimous consent of the powers, including Great Britain.

    1790, Sept. 4

  • The reign of Frederick William II. was not characterized by any special development in the political condition of the country.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • It was first under Frederick William II. that he began his diplomatic career, with an appointment as Minister from Prussia to the late King of Poland.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • The late Frederick William II. nominated him a Minister of State and a Counsellor of his Cabinet.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • At the death of this King in 1786, Count von Haugwitz occupied an inferior place in the foreign office, where Count von Herzburg observed his zeal and assiduity, and recommended him to the notice of the late King Frederick William II.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • The partisans of the Revolution pointed him out as a fit Ambassador from Louis XVI. to the late King of Prussia; and he went in 1791 to Berlin, in that capacity; but Frederick William II. refused him admittance to his person, and, after some ineffectual intrigues with the Illuminati and philosophers at Berlin, he returned to

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • Frederick William II. standing by the corpse of his great uncle, and swearing with tearful eyes, his hand placed on the head of Frederick, that he would be a just and good ruler to his people.

    Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia

  • Palace, which (for Baedeker is ever at one's elbow with the facts) he will mark was built in 1796 by Frederick William II, who died here, was completed in 1845 by Frederick William IV, and was the residence of the present Emperor at the time of his accession.

    William of Germany

  • In August, 1791, Frederick William II joined with the Emperor Leopold in issuing the public Declaration of Pilinitz, to the effect that the two rulers considered the restoration of order and of monarchy in France an object of "common interest to all sovereigns of Europe."

    A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.

  • Francis and Frederick William II of Prussia speedily collected an army of 80,000 men at Coblenz with which to invade France.

    A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.


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