Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

by Giles MacDonogh
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312272669

ISBN-13: 9780312272661

Pub. Date: 02/24/2001

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Piet and soldier, misanthrope and philospher, Frederick the Great was a contradictory, almost unfathomable man. His conquests made him one of the most formindable and feared leaders of his era. But as a patron of artists and intellectuals, Frederick re-created Berlin as one of the continent's great cities, matching his state's reputation for military ferocity with

Overview

Piet and soldier, misanthrope and philospher, Frederick the Great was a contradictory, almost unfathomable man. His conquests made him one of the most formindable and feared leaders of his era. But as a patron of artists and intellectuals, Frederick re-created Berlin as one of the continent's great cities, matching his state's reputation for military ferocity with one for cultural achievement.

Though history remembers Frederick as a "Potsdam Fuhrer," his father more rightly deserved the title. When, as a youth, Frederick attempted to flee the elder man's brutality, the punishment was to watch the execution of his friend and co-conspirator, Katte. Though a subsequent compromise allowed Frederick to take the throne in 1740, he would remain true unto himself. His tastes for music, poetry, and architecture would match the significance of his military triumphs in the Seven Years' War.
Drawing on the most recent scholarship, Giles MacDonogh's fresh, authoritative biograhy gives us the most fully rounded portrait yet of an often misunderstood king.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312272661
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/24/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,003,911
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxi
Introduction3
1. The Father11
2. The Growing Boy28
3. No Two Men Quite Like Them67
4. Rheinsberg98
5. The New King130
6. Chasing Clouds of Glory152
7. Frederick the Great178
8. Frederick and François208
9. I am Innocent of this War244
10. The Stag at Bay268
11. Expecting a Miracle304
12. Picking up the Pieces316
13. Dividing up the Pudding357
14. Twilight376
Notes387
Index419

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