Editors. "Frederick II invades Saxony - start of Seven Years' War". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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The Seven Years' War begins when Frederick II of Prussia invades Saxony, on the pretext of having just learnt of the Franco-Austrian alliance, and takes Dresden. Prussia is allied with Britain, while France and Austria form their opponents. Holland and Sweden remain neutral.