Frederick William The Great Elector was determined to unify these provinces and

Frederick william the great elector was determined to

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Frederick William The Great Elector was determined to unify these provinces and enlarge his holdingsEach was inhabited by german speakers, but had its own estates that were dominated by the nobility and the land-owning classes, known as JunkersJunkers (Probably don’t need this term but it helps understand the story)The nobility of Brandenburg and Prussia, they were reluctant allies of Frederick William in his consolidation of the Prussia stateFrederick William, The Great Elector (1640-1688)Determined to unify Brandenburg and Prussia under one rulerHis main legacy was starting a permanent standing army and persuading the Junkers to accept taxation without consent in order to fund the armyThe Junkers agreed to this in exchange for reconfirmation of their own privileges, including authority over the serfsHe crushed potential opposition and one by one Prussian cities were eliminated from the estates and subjected to new taxesHe had both financial independence and superior forceTripled state revenue and expanded the army drasticallyFrederick I (1688-1713)Son of Frederick William, The Great ElectorMore interested in society and court instead of building his armyWas the first to receive the elevated title of King of Prussia (instead of elector) as a reward for aiding the Holy Roman Empire in the War of the Spanish SuccessionHe really didn't anything elseFrederick William I (1713-1740) “The Soldier King”He truly established Prussian Absolutism and transformed Prussia into a military stateHad his eyes set on the military, he is credited with building up the army and training them very well; made it a very militaristic state; put military needs over civilian needsEliminated the last traces of parliamentary estates and local self-governmentIn 1733 Frederick William I ordered that all Prussian men would undergo military training and serve as reservists in the army
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The policies of Frederick WIlliam I combined with harsh peasant bondage and Junker tyranny, laid the foundations for a highly militaristic countryRussiaMajority of population centered in MoscowEastern portion of Russia is controlled by the Mongols and the Russians Princes had to pay tributes to themEventually they are overthrown by Ivan the GreatIvan III “the Great” (1462-1505)Led the united Russian liberation from the Mongol rule in the 14th century and declared independenceIvan IV “the Terrible” (1533-1584)Tsar of all the Russians who transformed Russia into a multiethnic and multiconfessional state, known for his harsh treatment of nobility, established the first standing army and Russian ParliamentHis mom dies when he is 8 (might be poison)He is very paranoid and starts killing off noble families, which is a problem because there are less people to lead people“Time of Troubles” (1598-1612)There is no heir to power so there is 13 years without a king
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  • Lisa Clark
  • Louis XIV, Parliament, Louis XIV of France, Charles II of England, Frederick II of Prussia, Frederick William, Beeler

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