Alexander Wilson's War: The Seven Years Of War

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Alexander Wilson was sitting at the table contemplating the most import decision of his life. Anxious, uncertain, and in need of finances, Alexander enlisted in the Prussian army. In 1755, Alexander was eighteen years old, enlisted in the standing army under King Fredrick II. He would be one of the ten thousand soldiers serving under the newly formed regiment. The creation of this newly formed regiment was in response to the Seven Years’ War with Austria. The war in Europe started in 1756 with the Diplomatic Revolution, in which Great Britain allied with Prussia against the French Russian Austrian alliance. During this time the first conflict in Europe would occur, when Prussia determined that war was inevitable and invaded Austria’s ally Saxony…show more content…
Despite losing an overwhelming majority of his army, King Fredrick II overcame near defeat when his greatest adversary empress Elizabeth of Russia died and Peter III became the new emperor. Emperor Peter III of Russia admired King Fredrick, he immediately withdrew the Russian army and signed the treaty of Saint Petersburg with Prussia and formed an alliance returning all Prussian territory and providing 12,000 additional troops. This was the turning point in the war and in 1763 the Treaty of Hubertusburg was signed between Saxony, Austria, and Prussia ending the Seven Years’ War and restoring the prewar leadership to Prussia. Throughout the war Prussia had a great number of casualties, fortunately Alexander did not see the same fate many of the other soldiers did and would live for twenty more years after the war. During his life he was part of the Enlightenment period and witnessed the literature, music, social system, economics and law, science innovations, and political structure that influenced 18th century…show more content…
Bach worked as a composer for royalty in Germany during the Weimar and Baroque period and contributed over 200 original cantatas. Bach was most well known for playing the organ, and his most important work contributed to music was The Well-tempered Keyboard that involved 48 preludes and fugues, a pair for each major and minor key. The significance of his work was the full range of keys used and the distinct difference from each key. Towards the end of Bach’s life he performed for the court of King Fredrick II and was beloved in Prussia. At the end of his life Bach had composed over 1,000 works and was a major influence on Haydn and Mozart. Franz Joseph Haydn great composer during the Classical period and was highly influenced by the Strum und Drang movement. During this time the Strum und Drang movement invented a new approach composer were taking to composing music, for the first time composers were focusing on free expression and implemented strong emotions into their works. Joseph Haydn’s most important contribution to German music was his major work the Emperor Quartet, this composition used over ninety string quartets and was latter renamed Song of Germany and adopted as the German national anthem. Haydn was employed by nobility and
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