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Frederick II, King of Prussia

“Frederick the Great”

Frederick the Great, as a man, was a contradiction. On the one-hand he was a talented musician, a lover of philosophy and poetry, an admirer of the French and a friend of Voltaire. On the other-hand, he was arguable one of the greatest Generals that ever lived. As a King he managed to combine these two ideals. For his people he established a regime of enlightened despotism. But in foreign affairs he ruthlessly pursued a policy of expansion, spurred on by stunning battlefield victories, acquiring territories that joined together his two detached states of Brandenburg and East Prussia at the expense of Poland’s partition.