This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ... and the Poles, and in 1466 West Prussia was ceded to Poland and East Prussia made a fief of the Polish crown under a grandmaster, and later under a duke. It was as successor to Duke Frederic...
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (May 18, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
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is father-in-law, that John Sigismund obtained the duchy of Prussia. By the treaty of Xantcn (1614) Cleves, La Marck, etc., were assigned to Brandenburg, and in this manner was laid the Prussia Prussia foundation of the Prussian Rhine province. John Sigismund was succeeded in 1619 by his son George William, who was a weak and vacillating ruler, unequal to encounter the terrible crisis that now occurred in the affairs of Germany, the Thirty Years' war. During this war the electorate became the battleground of the contending forces, and suffered severely, being at the death of the elector in 1640 occupied by Swedish troops. A very different man was his son Frederick William (which see), called the Great Elector, who may be regarded as the virtual founder of the Prussian monarchy. He found bis country weak, and left it strong and with its boundaries extended, and provided with a well-equipped army and a well-filled treasury. Dying in 1688, he was succeeded by his son Frederick, who in 1701 had himself crowned as king, being the first King of Prussia. Under his rule the Prussian troops fought side by side with the English at Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, and Malplaquet. Frederick I was succeeded by his son (1713) Frederick William I, who governed Prussia till 1740. His reign was on the whole peaceful, and the country grew greatly in population, industry, and wealth. He went to war with Charles XII, and ac?uired part of Pomerania, with Stettin, rom Sweden. At his death he left a prosperous country, a well-supplied treasury, and an army of 80,000 men to his succe...