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  2. Frederick the Great - Wikipedia

    Frederick was the son of then-Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia and his wife, Sophia Dorothea of Hanover. [1] He was born sometime between 11 and 12 p.m. on 24 January 1712 in the Berlin Palace and was baptised with the single name Friedrich by Benjamin Ursinus von Bär on 31 January. [2]

  3. Frederick II | Biography, Accomplishments, Wars ...

    Frederick, the third king of Prussia, ranks among the two or three dominant figures in the history of modern Germany. Under his leadership Prussia became one of the great states of Europe. Its territories were greatly increased and its military strength displayed to striking effect.

  4. Biography of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia - ThoughtCo

    Jeffrey Somers. Updated on October 16, 2019. Born in 1712, Frederick William II, known as Frederick the Great, was the third Hohenzollern King of Prussia. Although Prussia had been an influential and important part of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, under Frederick’s rule the small kingdom rose to the status of a Great European Power and ...

  5. Frederick II - Prussia, Religion & Facts - Biography

    Frederick II, known as Frederick the Great, was Prussia's king from 1740 to 1786. By winning wars and expanding territories, he established Prussia as a strong military power. Updated: Apr 20,...

  6. Frederick II - Prussia, Voltaire & Accomplishments | HISTORY

    Frederick the Great: Legacy Frederick II (1712-1786) ruled Prussia from 1740 until his death, leading his nation through multiple wars with Austria and its allies. His daring military tactics...

  7. Accomplishments of Frederick the Great | Britannica

    Frederick II, German Friedrich known as Frederick the Great, (born Jan. 24, 1712, Berlin—died Aug. 17, 1786, Potsdam, near Berlin), King of Prussia (1740–86). The son of Frederick William I, he suffered an unhappy early life, subject to his father’s capricious bullying.

  8. Frederick the Great · George Washington's Mount Vernon

    The Prussian Army Frederick greatly enhanced amazed Europe and the world in short order. “The speed and smoothness of Prussia’s mobilization was disquieting in a Europe where war’s relative stateliness reflected in good part the length of time armies required to wind up and deliver a punch.”

  9. Frederick the Great - Military History - Oxford Bibliographies

    Frederick the Great (1712–1786) is one of the most fascinating figures of the Early Modern period. He cut a path across Europe both militarily and intellectually, although today he is mostly remembered for his military accomplishments after his ascent to the throne of Prussia in 1740.

  10. What’s So Great About Frederick? The Warrior King of Prussia

    History Magazine What’s So Great About Frederick? The Warrior King of Prussia Son of an abusive father, Frederick II blossomed when he took the throne. He attracted the great thinkers of...

  11. Frederick II, Known as Frederick the Great (1712–1786)

    Frederick II, known as Frederick the Great (1712–1786), king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786. Frederick II combined the qualities of a warrior king with those of an enlightened despot. The eldest son of Frederick William I of Prussia and of Princess Sophie Dorothea of Hanover, Frederick II was born in Berlin on Jan. 24, 1712.