Daily Archives: February 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Fritz (belated)

I can’t believe I missed Frederick the Great‘s birthday (Jan 24th).  I was fortunate enough to read the Robert Asprey biography of Fredrick shortly after graduating high school and it’s stuck with me ever since (about time for a re-read, actually).

Enjoy some Frederick-relevent music while reading the rest of this post:

Die Welt (via Worldcrunch) has a nice modern look at the Prussian.

Frederick’s know-it-all-ism and righteousness are difficult to stomach. If he were alive today, he might be one of those self-important bloggers who believes it’s up to him to set the world straight.

Well…let’s score one for the possibility that TwShiloh is the reincarnated monarch, himself!

Frederick the Great during the Seven Years' Wa...

One of the reasons I was fascinated with Fritz was his early idealism.  He was so offended by Machiavelli’s The Prince, he wrote a rebuttal called the Anti-Machiavel.  (You can find the essay here).

Power, however, caused him to embrace many of Machiavelli’s principles and despite being beset by enemies on all sides he managed to pull off a 46 year reign (!) which isn’t too shabby.

If you find yourself hungering for a bit more 18th century shenanigans with Fritz, I recommend this quite good documentary about our favorite Prussian.