Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great - Frederick the Great - Frederick II...

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Frederick the Great - Frederick II (1740-1786) o King of Prussia, he wanted to be remembered as an enlightened ruler o Like Catherine the Great he believed the only worthwhile learning was French Known as the philosopher king, he believed the needs of the dynasty he wanted to create took prevalence over the enlightened justice o Despite this, he did borrow enlightened ideas and claimed that one of his major tasks was to ‘make people happy that is compatible nature and his abilities without compromising his power’ He freed the serfs in the royal domain (1763) He needed them in the army Ordered the abolition of some feudal dues/ties to lands Abolished the right of the noble to punish their own serfs physically He instituted some judicial reforms Took care of some of the abuses by magistrates He relaxed the censorship rules and abolished capital punishment except in the army He refused to emancipate the Prussian Jews because he thought it would injure the prosperity of the Christians of the state o He felt they were useless to the state o The Prussian code is going to be finalized and instituted in 1794, eight
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2009 for the course HIST 1007 taught by Professor Horton during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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