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The Hapsburgs: New Mission.

The death of Charles VI in 1740 without a male heir led to a dynastic crisis and conflict between the Hapsburgs and the Hollenzollerns. Frederick the Great's rule embodied the Enlightenment as he granted equality to all citizens and established public education. But Maria Theresa's claim to the throne was not widely accepted. The ensuing Seven Years War was a pivotal struggle that firmly established Maria Theresa on the throne, where she ruled for forty years, followed by her son, Joseph II. 1992. 53 min.

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