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Superb 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 17th Century Turkish tent from the Siege of Vienna. In the following decades, Prussia rises to become a great power in Europe. The original uniform of Friedrich II (‘Frederick the Great’) of Prussia allows a consideration of Prussian state expansion and the royal conception of a sovereign rule based on “Prussian virtues”. The questioning of absolutist ideas by the champions of the enlightenment leads to epochal changes.

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