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Frederick the Great 1712-1786. Background. Frederick was born in Berlin Was a member of the Hohenzollern dynasty Was a rebellious teen and tried to escape his father’s tyrannical rule Had to watch his friend get beheaded. House of Hohenzollern.

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Background
Background

  • Frederick was born in Berlin

  • Was a member of the Hohenzollern dynasty

  • Was a rebellious teen and tried to escape his father’s tyrannical rule

  • Had to watch his friend get beheaded


Frederick the great 1712 1786


Frederick the great 1712 1786



Seven years war
Seven Years War Prussia

  • By 1756, an alliance of Austria, Russia, Sweden and France was forming against Prussia

  • The Seven Years War began as Prussia invaded Saxony

  • Prussia was getting invaded frequently

  • Some consider this the 1st world war



Frederick the great 1712 1786


Later achievements
Later Achievements Elizabeth of Russia died in 1762

  • Frederick was considered an enlightened despot

    • This is an absolute monarch in which a ruler uses power to make positive social and political changes

    • He was a patron of Bach and Voltaire


Frederick the great 1712 1786


Frederick the great 1712 1786

  • Abolished torture Elizabeth of Russia died in 1762

  • Built canals

  • Grew new crops (potato and turnip)

  • Religious toleration



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