Philosophers and Prussians. The Enlightenment and the European State, c. 1650-1800. Outline. Searching for a New Order Enlightenment Rationality and European Statecraft The Example of Prussia and Friedrich the Great. The Thirty Years’ War.
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The Enlightenment and the European State, c. 1650-1800
Swedish infantry brigade formation (pikemen and musketeers), depicted in 17th-century military guidebook
Above: “Star fort” in Groningen, Netherlands
Above left: Re-enactment of TYW “musketeers”
Left: Imperial formations advancing at the Battle of White Mountain (Bohemia, 1620)
Above: Engraving from The Miseries of War, by Jacques Callot (1632)
Left: Grimmelshausen in 1641
20-25 percent of Germany’s population dies as a result of the Thirty Years’ War!
Ratifying the Treaty of Muenster, 1648
Left: Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
Right: Cardinal Richelieu
Louis XIV in 1701
Tsar and Emperor Peter I
Friedrich the Great in 1780
Freiedrich Wilhelm I
Member of the “Potsdam Giants,” Friedrich’s personal guard
Friedrich the Great personally inspects the potato harvest in Brandenburg
Prussian infantry advance in the First Silesian War
Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Army enter Berlin, 1806