Talk:Frederick William III of Prussia

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Prussia didn't lose all Polish territories to Duchy of Warsaw.--Molobo (talk) 00:09, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Translation from the German Wikipedia[edit]

It seems like the German article on Friedrich Wilhelm III is more comprehensive than the English version. Any thoughts on if I should translate the German page into English? -- 01:56, 28 October 2010 (UTC)


It seems that this entry repeats an unduly negative view of FW3, as can be gained from mostly of older literature. Newer works, however (most of all Stamm-Kuhlmann's biography), sketch an altogether different picture, which might get some attention here as well. If I get around to it, I may adapt the article slightly. --Ilja.nieuwland (talk) 20:02, 28 February 2011 (UTC)


Why is there no attribution to 1911 EB, from which parts have been copied? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:37, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Wrong Name[edit]

Why is his name listed in an English equivalent first, and then German in parentheses, almost like the original is English? Can someone fix his name please? (talk) 15:19, 29 November 2015 (UTC)

Jeez Louise, this again. If you'd care to look at the German Wikipedia, that is exactly how it is done with British monarchs there. Zwerg Nase (talk) 15:39, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
But British Royals are German... (talk) 17:35, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
The British(German) Royals have English names on German wikipedia, not German. Changing historical characters of German origin to have English names is racism! (talk) 21:53, 21 February 2016 (UTC)
No, they don't! Zwerg Nase (talk) 08:03, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

I agree. Translating German names into English is offensive and tantamount to cultural genocide. I am glad they have the original German names listed in parentheses. However, the article's title is clearly wrong. And this IS the place to discuss it! How do we report people like you committing vandalism?2001:558:6012:5A:565:ABEA:FCDE:5BBD (talk) 19:29, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

I second, or third, or fourth that. German names should not be rendered into English. We do not do that with any other language on wikipedia. HeinrichMueller (talk) 17:58, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
@HeinrichMueller: Of course we do. You won't find a Japanese or Chinese monarch with an article that has their original name as the article name. Wikipedia follows WP:COMMONNAME, and the English version of their names are the common names in English. Zwerg Nase (talk) 14:04, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
I have NEVER heard anyone outside of wikipedia do this. If you mentioned a famous German, say for example, "Emperor William of Germany", no one would have a clue who you are talking about, as this person never existed. I have also NEVER seen this done for Chinese or Japanese figures on wikipedia. The current Emperor of Japan, Akihito does not do this.HeinrichMueller (talk) 15:10, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
It depends on the person. The best thing to do in this case is find English-languages sources talking about this figure and see what name or names they use. — Ƶ§œš¹ [lɛts b̥iː pʰəˈlaɪˀt] 19:44, 2 October 2016 (UTC)
Are you stalking me?HeinrichMueller (talk) 00:38, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

Gosh! a bunch of German-speakers trying to tell English-speakers how to write their own language! And then whinging about "cultural genocide"! And of course the Germans alter names to suit themselves on quite a large scale. So you have Christoph Kolumbus, Thomas Morus, Franz von Assisi, Ludwig XIV König von Frankreich, and a whole lot more. And why shouldn't they speak like that? It's not "cultural genocide", it's just a cultural and linguistic fact. Get some perspective! METRANGOLO1 (talk) 17:34, 1 December 2017 (UTC)