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Frederick the Great in Europe

Panel Discussion and Book Launch at the German Historical Museum in Berlin: Prof. Bernd Sösemann, Historian at Freie Universität, to Talk with the Ambassadors of France and Poland, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne and Dr. Marek Prawda

№ 40/2012 from Mar 02, 2012

What sort of impression did Frederick the Great make on his contemporaries in Poland, Russia, France, and Austria? What did he think about himself? What did people in the neighboring countries think when he proclaimed freedom of the press and prohibited torture? On Monday, March 5, 2012, a panel discussion on "Frederick the Great in Europe – History of a Tumultuous Relationship" will held at the German Historical Museum in Berlin (DHM). The panelists will be the German historian Prof. Bernd Sösemann from Freie Universität, the Ambassador of the Republic of France in Germany, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Germany, Dr. Marek Prawda. The event is public and will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Zeughauskino in the German Historical Museum in Berlin (DHM). There is no admission charge.

Following a welcoming greeting by the German Historical Museum, the panel discussion will begin with a welcome speech by a vice president from Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Michael Bongardt. The theme of the discussion refers to the title of a two-volume work that Bernd Sösemann, together with the classical scholar Prof. Gregor Vogt-Spira, edited on the occasion of the 300th birthday of the King of Prussia. The publication includes 55 contributions from 48 scholars from seven European countries. It is being published by Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, and is due out next week.

Time and Location

  • Monday, March 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
  • German Historical Museum, Berlin (Zeughauskino, entrance on the Spree side of the building),
    Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Bernd Sösemann, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)172 / 39 35 35 6,
Email: bernd.soesemann@fu-berlin.de