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Our Fritz
     

Our Fritz

by Frank Lorenz Müller
 

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In the first comprehensive life of Frederick III, Müller reconstructs how the beloved persona of “Our Fritz” was created and used for various political purposes before and after the emperor’s tragic death from throat cancer. Frederick III served as a canvas onto which different political forces projected their hopes and fears for Germany's

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In the first comprehensive life of Frederick III, Müller reconstructs how the beloved persona of “Our Fritz” was created and used for various political purposes before and after the emperor’s tragic death from throat cancer. Frederick III served as a canvas onto which different political forces projected their hopes and fears for Germany's future.

Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
[A] thought-provoking, highly informed biography.
— Martin Rubin
Times Higher Education
Effective, well-grounded and thoughtful...This is an important work, particularly notable for its discussion of political myths, and especially as a political resource. It is to be hoped that comparable work can be produced for several other contemporary rulers.
— Jeremy Black
London Review of Books

How many times have I told a class that if only William I had died earlier, the history of Europe would have been different? Frank Lorenz Müller has made me less certain of that. His excellent biography of Frederick William—one part biography, one part revisionism and one part cultural histor—offers a subtler, more nuanced and less emotional account of "Our Fritz."
— Jonathan Steinberg

Times Literary Supplement

A concise, vivid and unfailingly interesting portrait of one of the nineteenth century's most appealing and most unhappy rulers.
— James J. Sheehan

Christopher Clark
A gripping biographical study of a fascinating and important figure. Müller presents a number of bracingly revisionist arguments in a thorough, rigorous, and compelling way, anchored in a witty and humane portrayal of the central actors. My enthusiasm for this book is not only for its historical acuity, breadth of compass, and evidentiary depth, but for the memorable portrait it paints of a gifted, privileged, melancholy, and doomed individual.
Times Higher Education - Jeremy Black
Effective, well-grounded and thoughtful...This is an important work, particularly notable for its discussion of political myths, and especially as a political resource. It is to be hoped that comparable work can be produced for several other contemporary rulers.
James Retallack
I found this one of the most readable, enjoyable, and wise studies on Imperial Germany to have appeared in the past decade. The title Our Fritz illustrates how Müller is able to avoid writing a hagiography of a tragic king. Instead, he weaves the threads of affection -- given and received, not given and not received -- into a fabric that envelops a nuclear family, a dynasty, and a nation. A mature scholarly assessment and first-rate writing make the story of Frederick come alive and offer something genuinely new. I highly recommend it.
Times Literary Supplement - James J. Sheehan
A concise, vivid and unfailingly interesting portrait of one of the nineteenth century's most appealing and most unhappy rulers.
Wall Street Journal - Martin Rubin
[A] thought-provoking, highly informed biography.
London Review of Books - Jonathan Steinberg
How many times have I told a class that if only William I had died earlier, the history of Europe would have been different? Frank Lorenz Müller has made me less certain of that. His excellent biography of Frederick William--one part biography, one part revisionism and one part cultural histor--offers a subtler, more nuanced and less emotional account of "Our Fritz."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674062696
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
366
File size:
2 MB

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James Retallack
I found this one of the most readable, enjoyable, and wise studies on Imperial Germany to have appeared in the past decade. The title Our Fritz illustrates how Müller is able to avoid writing a hagiography of a tragic king. Instead, he weaves the threads of affection -- given and received, not given and not received -- into a fabric that envelops a nuclear family, a dynasty, and a nation. A mature scholarly assessment and first-rate writing make the story of Frederick come alive and offer something genuinely new. I highly recommend it.
James Retallack, University of Toronto
Christopher Clark
A gripping biographical study of a fascinating and important figure. Müller presents a number of bracingly revisionist arguments in a thorough, rigorous, and compelling way, anchored in a witty and humane portrayal of the central actors. My enthusiasm for this book is not only for its historical acuity, breadth of compass, and evidentiary depth, but for the memorable portrait it paints of a gifted, privileged, melancholy, and doomed individual.
Christopher Clark, author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947

Meet the Author

Frank Lorenz Müller is Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of St. Andrews.

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