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  1. Signature. Frederick William ( German: Friedrich Wilhelm; 16 February 1620 – 29 April 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688. A member of the House of Hohenzollern, he is popularly known as " the Great Elector " [1] ( der Große Kurfürst) because of his ...

  2. 05/05/2022 · frederick william, byname the great elector, german der grosse kurfürst, (born feb. 16, 1620, cölln, near berlin—died may 9, 1688, potsdam, near berlin), elector of brandenburg (1640–88), who restored the hohenzollern dominions after the devastations of the thirty years’ war—centralizing the political administration, reorganizing the state …

  3. Frederick William, German Friedrich Wilhelm known as the Great Elector, (born Feb. 16, 1620, Cölln, near Berlin—died May 9, 1688, Potsdam), Elector of Brandenburg (1640–88) who restored the Hohenzollern dominions after the Thirty Years’ War. At his accession to the electorship, Brandenburg was ravaged by war and occupied by foreign troops.

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    Frederick William (German language: Friedrich Wilhelm) (16 February 1620 – 29 April 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia – and thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia – from 1640 until his death. A member of the House of Hohenzollern, he is popularly known as "The Great Elector" (German language: Der Große Kurfürst) because of his militar...

    Elector Frederick William was born in Berlin to George William, Elector of Brandenburg, and Elisabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate. His inheritance consisted of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, the Duchy of Cleves, the County of Mark, and the Duchy of Prussia.

    During the Thirty Years' War, George William strove to maintain, with a minimal army, a delicate balance between the Protestant and Catholic forces fighting throughout the Holy Roman Empire. Out of these unpromising beginnings Frederick William managed to rebuild his war-ravaged territories. In contrast to the religious disputes that distrupted the...

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    Elector Frederick William was born in Berlin to George William, Elector of Brandenburg, and Elisabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate. His inheritance consisted of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, the Duchy of Cleves, the County of Mark, and the Duchy of Prussia.

    During the Thirty Years' War, George William strove to maintain, with a minimal army, a delicate balance between the Protestant and Catholic forces fighting throughout the Holy Roman Empire. Out of these unpromising beginnings Frederick William managed to rebuild his war-ravaged territories. In contrast to the religious disputes that disrupted the ...

    Frederick William was a military commander of wide renown, and his standing army would later become the model for the Prussian Army. He is notable for his joint victory with Swedish forces at the Battle of Warsaw (1656), which, according to Hajo Holborn, marked "the beginning of Prussian military history", but the Swedes turned on him at the behest...

    Frederick William is notable for raising an army of 40,000 soldiers by 1678, through the General War Commissariat presided over by Joachim Friedrich von Blumenthal. He was an advocate of mercantilism, monopolies, subsidies, tariffs, and internal improvements. Following Louis XIV's revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Frederick William encouraged skil...

    On 7 December 1646 in The Hague, Frederick William entered into a marriage, proposed by Blumenthal as a partial solution to the Jülich-Berg question, with Luise Henriette of Nassau (1627–1667), daughter of Frederick Henry of Orange-Nassau and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels and his 1st cousin once removed through William the Silent. Their children were a...

  4. 02/04/2022 · Frederick William ( German: Friedrich Wilhelm; 16 February 1620 – 29 April 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688.

  5. Frederick William ( alemán : Friedrich Wilhelm ; 16 de febrero de 1620 - 29 de abril de 1688) fue elector de Brandeburgo y duque de Prusia , por lo tanto gobernante de Brandeburgo-Prusia , desde 1640 hasta su muerte en 1688.