Image above is the place where Frederick the great's tomb is located
Frenderick's movement into the enlightenment
- Over the next decade after the war Frederick enacted a number of major reforms and domestic projects.
- He began to revamp and standardize Prussia’s justice system along Enlightenment lines
- He started by banning torture and public executions
- arguged for a uniform national criminal code
- He liberalized control of the press and supported a moderate level of religious freedom
- He worked to economically consolidate Prussia, lowering internal duties, building canals to encourage trade and enacting protective tariffs.
- Frederick built up Berlin as a cultural capital with grand buildings and rejuvenated the scientific work of the Berlin Academy
- In 1739 he wrote a short book names Anti-Machiavel in which he argued that the Italian philosopher's remorselessly pragmatic maxims were no longer suitable to a gentler, more enlightened age.
- He ordered the development and colonization of unused land in his expanded kingdom, and introduced the turnip and potato as major food crops
Sense introducing the potato to Prussia it has become a tradition to place a potato in his tomb
Frederick the great's legacy
Frederick’s greatest admirers tended to be those with large continental ambitions. Napoleon made a special visit to Frederick’s tomb in 1806 after defeating Prussia’s army, and Hitler hid the king’s body in a salt mine during the allied bombings of World War II. Frederick the Great left a huge impact on Prussia. He was one of the country’s most important kings. One way Frederick left his mark on Prussia is by supporting the arts. Frederick II also left his mark through a legacy of great strength within the country. He set a precedent of military strength: By raising a great army, Frederick was able to keep his country safe and well protected, as well as being ready to go to war if necessary. He did end the War of Austrian Succession with the treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle, which granted him the province of Silesia in exchange for the fighting to end. Frederick also made allies with Britain during the Seven Year’s War.
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