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Drawing from extensive and original research, Florian Schui challenges the accepted view and argues that Prussians in the eighteenth century were much more willing to challenge the state than has been recognised. Schui explores several instances where urban Prussians successfully resisted government policies and forced Frederick the Great and his successors to give in to their demands. Rebellious Prussians thus sheds light on a little-known historical reality in which weak Hohenzollern monarchs--and a still weaker Prussian bureaucracy--were confronted with prosperous, fearless, argumentative, and occasionally violent Prussian burghers.
Such conflicts between state and citizens were by no means unique to Prussia. Rather the events in Prussia were, on many levels, connected to similar contemporary developments in other parts of Europe and North America. Florian Schui systematically explores these links and thus develops a new European and Atlantic perspective on Prussian history in the eighteenth century.
Florian Schui completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge. He was a research fellow at St. Edmund's College, at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge, and at the National University of Ireland in Galway. He has published extensively on the European history of political and economic ideas in the eighteenth century and beyond.