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Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861
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Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861

David E. Barclay

Abstract

This is the first study in English of the reign of Frederick William IV, King of Prussia from 1840 to 1861, and the most important German monarch in the century between the death of Frederick the Great and the accession of William II. Although Frederick William has long been criticized as a Romantic reactionary who was utterly out of touch with his times, this study reaches different conclusions, arguing that he was in fact a modern and in many ways, ‘successful’ monarch. The book is not a biography in the traditional sense. Rather, it focuses on the structures, institutions, and transformatio ... More

Keywords: Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, German monarch, revolutionary change, nineteenth-century European state, conservative elites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204305
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204305.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David E. Barclay, author
Kalamazoo College, Michigan