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Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861$
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David E. Barclay

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204305.001.0001

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Frederick William IV and Monarchical Institutions in Prussia

Frederick William IV and Monarchical Institutions in Prussia

(p.283) Conclusion: Frederick William IV and Monarchical Institutions in Prussia
Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861

David E. Barclay

Oxford University Press

At the time of his death in January 1861, Frederick William IV had disappeared from public view and from public consciousness. The New Era of 1858 had given way to new tensions and problems, as William's determination to reform the Prussian army had brought on a major confrontation with the resurgent forces of parliamentary liberalism. Frederick William IV fought against the revolutionary spirit of the century in church and state. In the area of politics he had to submit to that spirit; but he also contributed significantly to the emergence of resolutely conservative religious and political views among a portion of the people. He was a creative statesman driven not by the passion for power but by a commitment to divinely revealed truth.

Keywords:   public consciousness, Frederick William IV, Prussian army, revolution, New Era of 1858

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