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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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Camarilla, Counter-revolution, and Constitution, March—December 1848

Camarilla, Counter-revolution, and Constitution, March—December 1848

(p.153) 7 Camarilla, Counter-revolution, and Constitution, March—December 1848
Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861

David E. Barclay

Oxford University Press

Friedrich Wilhelm von Rauch's career as a Prussian officer had been rather unusual. In the spring of 1848 Rauch found himself in Berlin, and he did not like what he saw there. He was a man who prized self-control, order, and discipline, and the tumultuous scenes on 18 March were deeply upsetting to him. On the twenty-first, Frederick William asked Rauch to stay close to him as he rode through the streets of the capital. The Camarilla, which has often been described as a kitchen cabinet, has for decades attracted the attention of historians. Queen Elizabeth was a much firmer and more consistent ally of Camarilla after 1848, and sometimes her friendship could be crucial. During the year of revolution itself the Camarilla's influence was very considerable.

Keywords:   Friedrich Wilhelm von Rauch, counter-revolution, kitchen cabinet, the Camarilla, Queen Elizabeth

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