In 1640 Frederick William, the 'Great Elector' of Brandenburg, inherited a minor territory devastated by the Thirty Years War. He would restore its fortunes, win its independence and build a powerful, extended state, centred on Berlin, which by the 1670s was strong enough to be chief mover in the league of protestant and imperial forces against Louis XIV. At his death (1688), Brandenburg and his other possessions - shortly to be reinvented as the kingdom of Prussia - was virtually an absolute monarchy, second only to ...

The Great Elector 2001, Longman Publishing Group

ISBN-13: 9780582494824

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