Population: 9 million
come out of the Seven Years' War twice the size it was before
Frederick the Great's military success, Prussia was the
new major power in Europe.
had a feared reputation as a fighting nation, although complacency
had set into its army.
being a member of the First Coalition,
Prussia withdrew as an active opponent of the French
Revolution until the Fourth
Coalition in 1806.
subsequent humiliation of military defeat and being forced
to cede much of its territories fired the Prussian king,
Frederick William III,
into much-needed military reforms.
new Prussian army that emerged became one of the finest
in Europe and was one of the major forces to bring an end
to Napoleon Bonaparte's