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Count Von Seckendorf, Austrian Ambassador to Berlin: On Frederick William I, April 25, 1723

It is certain that nowhere in the world one can see troops comparable with the Prussians for beauty, cleanliness and order. Although in drill, training, and marching much is forced and affected, nearly everything is useful and efficient. Besides, it must be admitted that the army and the troops lack nothing that is needed. The soldiers number 70,000, and every regiment has at least a hundred more men than the normal figure. The Arsenal is superabundantly provided with field artillery and siege artillery, and only the teams are missing. Moreover, there is such an enormous store of powder, shot and shells as if a great war was threatening. In Berlin and all about Brandenburg one sees as many troops moving as one saw in Vienna during the last war against the Turks. All this activity is directed by the King in person, and only by him. Besides, he looks after the whole public administration in all its branches with such care and thoroughness that not a thaler is spent unless he has given his signature. Those who do not see it cannot believe that there is any man in the world, however intelligent and able he may be, who can settle so many things personally in a single day as Frederick William the First, who works from 3 o'clock in the morning till 10, and spends the rest of the day in looking after and drilling his army....

"Count Von Seckendorf: On Frederick William I." In The Foundations of Germany. Trans. J. Ellis Barker. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1916. 11. Internet Modern History Sourcebook. Fordham University, July 1998. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Which of the following events in German history is MOST reflective of the State's policies under Frederick William I as expressed in the passage above?


The establishment of the Weimar Republic.


The unification of Germany under Otto von Bismarck.


Kulturkampf in the 19th century.


The establishment of the European Union.

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