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Terrific paintings and exquisite tableware demonstrate the wealth and power of absolutist rulers in Europe after the Thirty Years' War. Their recurring conflicts with the Ottoman Empire are symbolised by an impressive big tent from the time of the Siege of Vienna in the late 17th century. In the following decades, Prussia rises to become a great power in Europe, manifested through the building of the Berlin Zeughaus (arsenal) and further expansion of Berlin as a royal residence. An original uniform of Frederick the Great is the centrepiece of a consideration of the further expansion of the Prussian state and the royal conception of sovereign rule on the basis of “Prussian virtues”. The fundamental questioning of absolutist ideas of power by the champions of the enlightenment leads to epochal changes.

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