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Book Review of Frederick the Great: A Military History

Posted by William Young on October 10, 2012

International History

Dennis Showalter. Frederick the Great: A Military History. Barnsley, England: Frontline Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84832-640-8. Maps. Notes. Bibliographical Essay. Index. Pp. xi, 372. $50.00.

Frederick II (or Frederick the Great) ruled Prussia from 1740 to 1786.  War and diplomacy consumed most of his time and interest during his reign.  Frederick II commanded Prussian forces in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) and Seven Years War (1756-1763).  His efforts resulted in the acquisition and maintenance of Silesia in those conflicts.  He also gained additional territory at the expense of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the First Partition of Poland (1772).  Frederick II’s army kept the Habsburg Austrian monarchy, seeking to acquire the Duchy of Bavaria, in line during the brief War of the Bavarian Succession (1778-1779) in Bohemia and Silesia.  Frederick II is credited with making Prussia one of the Great Powers in Europe.  In this classic study, Dr Dennis Showalter, Professor of History…

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