The essential purpose of balance of power was the perpetuation of the status quo that guaranteed the sovereignty of the weak. Then came Frederick II whose eschewal of inhibition, consensus, and civility in statecraft pruned the golden age to but a golden moment.
Nathan, James A.
"The Heyday of the Balance of Power: Frederick The Great and the Decline of the Old Regime,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 33
, Article 7.
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