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Frederick the Great
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    (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786)
    Birth name Frederick William II
    Hohenzollern king of Prussia (1740-1986)
    Led the Prussians during the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War
    He started and volunteered his small country into many wars during his reign, including the Seven Years' War, considered to be the first actual World War.
    After violating many treaties by invading the Austiran province of Silesia, he argued that it was no longer beneficial for Prussia for Silesia to exist.
    He spoke French rather than German, which was really odd considering the traditional feud between France and Germany.
    He played the flute.
    His tomb was entered by the Nazis and he was used as a model for their eugenics dogma.
    Though heralded by Nazis as being an example of the ideal Aryan, his policy was quite different from Nazi policy and probably would have been disgusted by Hitler's actions.
    He was one of the so-called 'enlightened despots.'
    He inherited a small Germanic principality and turned it into the strongest Germanic state in Europe.
    He dreamed of a Germany united under Prussia, which would come to play years later after Chancellor Bismarck won several wars for Prussia.
    He is considered a great military leader who used limited resources to fight against both rival Germanic states and the giant empires of Europe.
    By the time he had died, he had doubled the area of his country.
    He wrote and composed music.
    He was a literary writer.
    He was given absolute power, yet ruled according to what was best for his country.
    He established a code of law and his courtrooms were considered the most honest in Europe.
    He established universal religious toleration and freedom of the press.
    He was personal friends with many great artists, including Mozart and Voltaire.
    He is one of the most celebrated German rulers of all time.

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