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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 5:45 a.m. PST

A nod to Frederick William I, Frederick the Great's daddy – he created the conditions for Frederick the Great to be – well, Great – as well as the superb infantry that were key to Prussia's survival in the Seven Years War

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 12:49 p.m. PST

If you're going to be a despot, it's nice to have the peasants and historians call you "enlightened". Now if you're also "benevolent" that's a plus.

Eureka has a nice vignette of "Frederick the Great debating Voltaire". Now THAT is enlightened.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member11 Aug 2017 8:21 p.m. PST

Given what eventually happens to Prussia, "Prussianism," and its legacy to its successor, the German Empire, it's hard to give any of these Prussian kings a lot of kudos for their gifts to posterity.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

You can't blame Fredrick II for what happens 100-200 years after his reign.
Then you might as well blame Cathrine the great for Stalin.

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