Frederick II, the Great (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786): King of Prussia.    During his 40-year reign, Frederick II vastly increased Prussia’s wealth, doubled its size, recast it into a hub of culture and learning, and made it a great military power.

Frederick II, the Great (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786): King of Prussia. During his 40-year reign, Frederick II vastly increased Prussia’s wealth, doubled its size, recast it into a hub of culture and learning, and made it a great military power.

Frederick the Great (1712-1786) in conversation with the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778). Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

Frederick the Great (1712-1786) in conversation with the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778). Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

You won’t see this in the Monuments Men movie - Two finely wrought swords of Frederick the Great. (National Archives, 239-PA-4-127-1)

You won’t see this in the Monuments Men movie - Two finely wrought swords of Frederick the Great. (National Archives, 239-PA-4-127-1)

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