Lead:  In March, 1888, William I, emperor of Germany died in Berlin. His son, Frederick succeeded him, for ninety-nine days.

Intro. A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Frederick was born before the establishment of Germany as a modern national state. At that time Prussia and Austria were the dominant states in the region that would, in 1871, become Germany. Prussia's government was modeled along the lines of the Prussian Army, it was efficient, conservative and devoted to the Hohenzollern monarchy of which Frederick was Crown Prince. He was the first Prussian prince to attend a university and received a thorough military education as well.

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