Lead: Although he became Emperor of Germany following the death of his father, Wilhelm I, in March 1888, Frederick III, the great hope for German liberals, ruled for only ninety-nine days.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Frederick was born in 1831 at a time when Prussia and Austria were the dominant states in central Europe, with Prussia in 1871 forming the core of a united Germany. Frederick was the only son of the Emperor. Young Frederick received a university education as well as military training. He studied liberal arts and was fluent in several languages. In 1858 he married British Princess Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria. The couple valued learning and culture, and were supporters of the royal museums. Frederick favored a strong central government, but the couple generally shared classical liberal political views – competitive political parties, a more constitutional regime, and they favored England’s parliamentary system.

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