Destroyer and Creator

  • Heinrich Ritter Von Srbik
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FREDERICK BECAME THE GREAT DESTROYER of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation, and of its Austrian Hapsburg leadership. It has been justly observed that he completely discounted the imperial authority’s claim of “sacred majesty.” In his eyes it was nothing more than an “old fixture and a tried device of Austrian policy.” Once and for all he put an end to the conflict between Prussian autonomy and loyalty to the empire that had still paralyzed his father’s political energies.


German Nation Austrian Policy German People Vigorous Class Supreme Command 
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