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James Sheehan: Frederick the Great

27 July 2016
Frederick the Great: King of Prussia 
by Tim Blanning.
Allen Lane, 648 pp., £30, September 2015, 978 1 84614 182 9
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... about themselves, that of Prussia’s struggle, often against great odds, to realise her destiny as Germany’s leading power. In this national epic Frederick had always had a starring role, which TimBlanning brilliantly analyses in his deeply learned and fluently written biography. Frederick’s claims to greatness began almost as soon as he inherited the Prussian crown in 1740. Two years later ...

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