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Absolutism in Practice: Three Examples Example 1: Prussia - Hohenzollems -15th century around present-day Berlin -Basis for centralization would be military discipline Frederick William (The Great Elector) -Started to build Prussia during Thirty Years War -Army was his focus -A refusal to pay taxes would result in invasion by his army -In return for subordinatio, he allowed nobles (Junkers) full freedom to  explore serfs -Result: Prussia would rise politically but remain economically Frederick WIlliams I -Great Elector's grandson -MIlitary nut -Doubled army (38,000 to 80,000) to 3rd largest in Europe -Invested almost all revenue into statef tax 5 went to upkeep of royal family  for France, the number was almost 50%) -Discipline based on FEAR of officers, not the enemy -This is necessary in period before nationalism; men didn't fight for love of  country- they frught because they HAD to, or they'd die) AN example of Frederick William's military authority and strictness  -HIs son rebelled against this authority as a teenager and ran away with a  friend (presumably to England) the friends was Hans Hermann von Katte,  possible his lover)
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Frederick WIlliam caught the two, made his son watch as he cut the mans  head off. Example 2: Russia -Minor power until 17th century -Huge potential (natural and human resources) -Ruled by Romanov dynasty until the abdiction of NIcholas II in 1917  (Russian Revolutions) -Leaders were the czars (tsars) Peter the Great: Russia's greatest state-builder -Ruled from 1682-1725
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