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Frederick the Great

Narrated by: Jonathan Steinberg
Length: 30 mins
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This monarch's 46 years of rule embody the principle of rational autocracy and reveal its limitations, for no ruler, no matter how brilliant, can avoid the paradoxes built into mortality and human nature.

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  • EmilyK
  • 24-11-18

short bio of fascinating figure

This lecture is typical of the best of the Great Courses. Prof. Steinberg is a captivating lecturer and this one concerns a fascinating historical figure. Only wish it were longer!

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  • 30-09-18

Like a mandatory history class you endured

Though this brief intro course has some redeemable content - historical facts, impact of the person himself, etc. - it reminded me that a really good professor can make even the driest material come to life in your mind. Don't expect fireworks.

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