Frederick II, the Great (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786): King of Prussia.    During his 40-year reign, Frederick II vastly increased Prussia’s wealth, doubled its size, recast it into a hub of culture and learning, and made it a great military power.

Frederick II, the Great (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786): King of Prussia. During his 40-year reign, Frederick II vastly increased Prussia’s wealth, doubled its size, recast it into a hub of culture and learning, and made it a great military power.

Frederick the Great (1712-1786) in conversation with the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778). Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

Frederick the Great (1712-1786) in conversation with the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778). Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

The Confessions of Frederick the Great and The Life of Frederick the Great, by Heinrich von Treitschke (Paperback)

The Confessions of Frederick the Great and The Life of Frederick the Great, by Heinrich von Treitschke (Paperback)

Adolph Menzel's unfinished 1859-61 painting "Ansprache Friedrichs des Großen an seine Generale vor der schlacht bei Leuthen 1757" (Frederick the Great Addresses his Generals before the Battle of Leuthen in 1757) at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Adolph Menzel's unfinished 1859-61 painting "Ansprache Friedrichs des Großen an seine Generale vor der schlacht bei Leuthen 1757" (Frederick the Great Addresses his Generals before the Battle of Leuthen in 1757) at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Adolph Menzel's unfinished 1859-61 painting "Ansprache Friedrichs des Großen an seine Generale vor der schlacht bei Leuthen 1757" (Frederick the Great Addresses his Generals before the Battle of Leuthen in 1757) at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Adolph Menzel's unfinished 1859-61 painting "Ansprache Friedrichs des Großen an seine Generale vor der schlacht bei Leuthen 1757" (Frederick the Great Addresses his Generals before the Battle of Leuthen in 1757) at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Adolph Menzel's unfinished 1859-61 painting "Ansprache Friedrichs des Großen an seine Generale vor der schlacht bei Leuthen 1757" (Frederick the Great Addresses his Generals before the Battle of Leuthen in 1757) at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Adolph Menzel's unfinished 1859-61 painting "Ansprache Friedrichs des Großen an seine Generale vor der schlacht bei Leuthen 1757" (Frederick the Great Addresses his Generals before the Battle of Leuthen in 1757) at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

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