. Joseph II's appointment of his brother Maximilian as coadjutor significantly increased
the Hapsburg influence in the Imperial Diet. Its net effect, however, was to cause
the minor German princes to gravitate toward Frederick II and Prussia and, in 1785,
join together in the Fürstenbund, which effectively blocked Joseph's aspirations for
the domination of Germany (Cambridge Modern Hist.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016.