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The great elector

Author: Derek McKay
Publisher: Harlow : Longman, 2001.
Series: Profiles in power.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Frederick William, the 'Great Elector' of Brandenburg (1640-88) was the founder of Prussia, itself the forerunner of the united Germany of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries." "In 1640 the Great Elector inherited a minor territory devastated by the Thirty Years War. He restored its fortunes, won its independence and built a powerful, extended state, centred on Berlin. By the 1670s and 1680s he was successful
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg; Kurfürst) Friedrich Wilhelm (Brandenburg; Frédéric-Guillaume, (électeur de Brandebourg ;
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek McKay
ISBN: 0582494826 9780582494824
OCLC Number: 59544360
Description: xiii, 286 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The inheritance of the Great Elector --
Germany in the early seventeenth century --
Brandenburg before the accession of Frederick William in 1640 --
Frederick William's childhood --
The beggarly elector, 1640-1648 --
Frederick William assumes power --
Frederick William and Prussia --
Return to Brandenburg --
The Swedish match --
Frederick William and Cleves-Mark --
The Dutch marriage --
The first Berg War --
Brandenburg and the Peace of Westphalia --
Frederick William's attempt to establish his authority --
Condition of Brandenburg at the end of the Thirty Years War --
Conflict with the Cleves-Mark Estates --
Relations with the Brandenburg Estates before the War of the North --
Change of ministers and first attempts at governmental and financial reform --
The creation of a court --
A European prince, 1648-1660 --
A Protestant prince in the Empire, 1648-55 --
The War of the North, 1655-60 --
Brandenburg-Prussian society under the Great Elector --
The Junkers --
The peasantry --
The towns --
The mature ruler, 1660-1679 --
Dealing with the Estates --
A 'champion of religious freedom and tolerance' --
Fiscal and military power --
Finances and the tax system --
The General War Commissariat --
The army --
The development of industry and trade --
Immigration --
Overseas expansion --
'The shrewdest fox in the Empire', 1660-1679 --
Balancing between the powers --
Louis XIV's Dutch War and Brandenburg's victory over Sweden --
The final years, 1679-1688 --
Friction within the Elector's family --
The French yoke --
The Great Elector.
Series Title: Profiles in power.
Responsibility: Derek McKay.
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At the time of his death Frederick William's Brandenburg was an absolute monarchy second only to Austria in the German lands. This biography roots him in his own time, a dynastic protestant ruler  Read more...

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"lucid and succinct...a measured and judicious evaluation of the Great Elector and his place in German and European history" English Historical Review

 
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