The first concerns Prussian
manorialism and feudalism during the "Second Serfdom," which lasted from the end of the Thirty Years' War to the collapse of "Old Prussia" in 1807 following Napoleon's conquest of Prussia.
Let us show "a bit of willing" and help improve it so that we never again have to fight the French or be rescued by the Prussians
The Old Prussians
belonged to the Western Baltic group of tribes, which also included the Curonians, Samogitians, Skalvians, Galindians, and Yotvingians.
were impressed with the French Chassepot and issued numbers of captured carbines to their mounted troops as the Chassepot-Karabiner.
The creator of Prussian
Enlightened Absolutism, Frederick the Great, made the Prussian
way of ruling even more efficient.
It gave the Duke of Wellington's army extra hours as his Prussian
allies, fresh from defeat, regrouped and raced towards their position on a ridge near Waterloo.
At last the Prussians
arrive and the Allied army advances.
The French had the finest infantry rifle in the world at the time, a huge regular army and seasoned general who would roll over the Prussians
and settle affairs in a matter of months, if not weeks.
They were greatly aided by the main personalities involved, who were a gift to caricaturists--Napoleon III with his long, waxed moustache, Wilhelm I of Prussia with his bushy side-whiskers, and the bulldog-like Prussian
Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.
Its interpretive balance, comparative framework, and its gaze on both elite and ordinary Prussians
add up to a startlingly new view of Prussia.
But the percentage figure is misleading, Clark notes, as only 81,000 members of Fredrick's army were native Prussians
, which makes the figure a more normal 1.
Napoleon's ability to use diplomatic overtures towards Prussia to paralyze the decision-making process in Berlin was one part of his campaign; the well-designed rapid marches across central Germany which placed the French armies much closer to Berlin sooner than the Prussians
anticipated was part of the operational art.