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Frederick the Great was the son of Frederick William I and became his fathers predecessor in 1740 as ruler of Prussia Frederick the Great made one of the best armies in Europe in the 1700s Frederick changed the economy of Prussia for the better Frederick secured Prussia as a major European power also For these accomplishments alone Frederick the Great can be considered a success Prussia had a powerful army since Fredericks grandfather Frederick the Great Elector was in power His grandfather and father did not utilize the power of the army the way it could have been His grandfather used the army to help other countries that would come to him His father built a big powerful army that was useless because it was never used Frederick the Great did not follow the examples set by his father and grandfather He used the army for his own good and for the country Frederick setup a system of defense were he was the Commander-in-chief and chief-of staff of the army Soldiers would begin training at a young age under strict supervision Officers who were in high regard were given the best of everything Frederick would use his army to gain land This was Fredericks remarkable army Frederick used his grandfathers tactics of personally leading the economical bureau of Prussia Prussias budget evolved to a point where the economy had a surplus of money Frederick setup mortgage like banks in Prussia and regulated the economy by using mercantilism He got Prussia independent from the Dutch financing as well Under Frederick no one was able to take goods without permission That policy was because Prussia had a corner on tobacco coffee and refined sugar Prussias economy was prospering at this point in time Prussia would be know as a major European power after Frederick led the army into the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War Out of both wars Frederick would gain only Silesia
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