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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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Monarchy at the Crossroads: King and Revolution, 1847–1848

Monarchy at the Crossroads: King and Revolution, 1847–1848

(p.127) 6 Monarchy at the Crossroads: King and Revolution, 1847–1848
Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861

David E. Barclay

Oxford University Press

In the wake of growing public dissent in Prussia, Frederick William IV had to agree to become a constitutional king and to accept certain constitutional limitations on his power. He also had to agree to the election of a national assembly. In the spring and summer of 1848 nothing seemed less timely than the monarchical project of Frederick William IV. He had long resisted what Friedrich Julius Stahl had called the negative spirit of the age. Despite the dismay and consternation that attended his speech at the opening session of the United Diet, Frederick William IV was pleased with what he had said. He had been genuinely surprised at the negative reaction to his February patent. The king was distressed by the tendency of the delegates to act like real parliamentarians.

Keywords:   Frederick William IV, Prussia, constitutional limitation, monarchy, United Diet

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