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The Great Elector
Frederick William of Brandenburg-Prussia





ISBN 9780582494824
Published June 28, 2001 by Routledge
300 Pages

 
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In this first biography in English for fifty years, Derek McKay avoids the limitation of seeing Frederick William primarily as precursor of the 'Enlightened' Frederick the Great. Instead, he roots him firmly in his own time, a dynastic, protestant ruler like many another in Germany, but gifted with the toughness and opportunism to overcome the hostility of his local nobilities and of the surrounding great powers.