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Prussia (German: Preußen, Polish: Prusy, Lithuanian: Prusai) was the name for a place in Northern Europe. It was part of Germany for a while, and included land in Poland, too.

In 1934 the Nazis stopped using the name Prussia for that area, and in 1947 the Allies abolished the state of Prussia, and divided its territory among the new States of Germany. Today the name is only for historical, geographical, or cultural use.

The name Prussia is from the Borussi or Prussi people who lived in the Baltic region. Their ancestors came from Lithuania. Ducal Prussia was a fief of the Kingdom of Poland until 1660, and Royal Prussia was part of Poland until 1772. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, most German-speaking Prussians started thinking they were part of the German nation.

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  • Frederick William I (The Great Elector) ruled Prussia from 1640 to 1688.
    He was the real creator of modern Prussia; he built up his country on the foundation of a strong army.
    World History, Part Two, Arco Publishing, Inc., New York, 1980

  • 1701 - The Kingdom of Prussia formed in 1701.


  • Frederick William II (1713-40) made the Prussian army even stronger and more defensive.

    World History, Part Two, Arco Publishing, Inc., New York, 1980

  • 1717 - January 5 - Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles

    onthisday.com

  • 1717 - June 28 - Prussian king Frederik Willhelm I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs

    www.onthisday.com

  • 1720 - February 1 - Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty

    onthisday.com

  • 1730 - August 4 - Crown prince Frederick of Prussia escapes to England

    onthisday.com

  •  Prussia
    1735 Prussian Officer
  • (1740-42) The Silesian War

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm

  • 1740 - Frederick the Great crowned King of Prussia
    "Frederick the Great was the most important of all the Prussian rulers. The great-grandson of the Great Elector was a dominant figure in European...Read MORE...


  • 1740 - June 22 - King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture & guarantees religion & freedom of the press

    onthisday.com

  • (1756-63) The Seven Years' War
    "Frederick the Great allied Prussia with England against France and Austria. The war hit Prussia hard but Frederick managed to survive due to the...Read MORE...


  • 1763 - February 15 - Austria, Prussia & Saxony sign Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the French and Indian War and of the Seven Years War

    historyorb.com

  • (1803) Territorial reform of the German states

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm

  • 1814 to 1815 - Congress of Vienna
    At the Congress of Vienna (1814–15), which redrew the map of Europe following Napoleon's defeat, Prussia acquired a large section of north western...Read MORE...


  •  Prussia
    1845 Prussian Officer
  • News 1869 - Abolished
    Imprisonment for debt has been abolished in Prussia.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 19, 1869

  • News 1869 - Healthy Soldiers
    According to the recent sanitary report of the medical staff of the Prussian army, there are daily 45 soldiers sick out of 1,000 men. Out of every...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - Prussia has lent a number of farmers near Insterburg from $1,500 to $3,500 each, to enable them to improve their farms.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869

  • (1870-71) Franco-Prussian War

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm

  • 1870 - Prussia is extending and enlarging the fortifications of Cologne, the cost being estimated at $8,000,000.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 4, 1870

  • News 1871 - Canned Meat
    A single factory in Prussia sends to the army 80,000 cans of preserved meats daily.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 21, 1871

  • News 1871 - It is stated that ninety-six out of every hundred Prussian soldiers, upon the average, are able to read and write.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 4, 1871

  • 1871 - Wilhelm I crowned Prussian King

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm

  • 1885 - March 26 - The Prussian government, motivated by Otto von Bismarck, expels all ethnic Poles and Jews without German citizenship from Prussia in the Prussian deportations.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 26, 1885

  • 1895 - Prussia
    "Prussia, prüsh'ya or proo'she-8 (Ger. Preussen, prois' son; Dutch, Pruissen, prois'sen; Fr. Prusse, prüss; £. Prus' sia), a kingdom of Central...Read MORE...


  •  Prussia
    Wilhelm II or William II was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. wikipedia
  •  Prussia
    Prussia 200th Anniversary
    1701-1901
  • News 1903 - September 29 – Prussia becomes the first locality to require mandatory driver's licenses for operators of motor vehicles.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 29, 1903

  • 1906
    Prussia, prush'a (Ger. Pretuten, prois'sen), a kingdom of Europe, the chief state of the German Empire, com prising the greater part of northern...Read MORE...


  • 1918 - The Kingdom of Prussia ended in 1918.


  • 1932 - In the Weimar Republic the state of Prussia lost nearly all of its legal and political importance by 1932. The old Prussian élites played a passive role in the Nazi regime

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1945 - East Prussia lost all of its German population after 1945, as Poland and the Soviet Union absorbed its territory.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1947 - February 25 - The German state of Prussia is officially abolished by the Allied Control Council.

    www.wikipedia.org
    February 25, 1947



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1735 Prussian Officer

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1845 Prussian Officer

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Wilhelm II or William II was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. wikipedia

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Prussia 200th Anniversary
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  • Frederick William I (The Great Elector) ruled Prussia from 1640 to 1688.
    He was the real creator of modern Prussia; he built up his country on the foundation of a strong army.
    World History, Part Two, Arco Publishing, Inc., New York, 1980
  • 1701 - The Kingdom of Prussia formed in 1701.
  • Frederick William II (1713-40) made the Prussian army even stronger and more defensive.

    World History, Part Two, Arco Publishing, Inc., New York, 1980
  • 1717 - January 5 - Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles

    onthisday.com
  • 1717 - June 28 - Prussian king Frederik Willhelm I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs

    www.onthisday.com
  • 1720 - February 1 - Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty

    onthisday.com
  • 1730 - August 4 - Crown prince Frederick of Prussia escapes to England

    onthisday.com
  • 1740 - Frederick the Great crowned King of Prussia
    "Frederick the Great was the most important of all the Prussian rulers. The great-grandson of the Great Elector was a dominant figure in European... Read MORE...

  • (1740-42) The Silesian War

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm
  • 1740 - June 22 - King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture & guarantees religion & freedom of the press

    onthisday.com
  • (1756-63) The Seven Years' War
    "Frederick the Great allied Prussia with England against France and Austria. The war hit Prussia hard but Frederick managed to survive due to the... Read MORE...

  • 1763 - February 15 - Austria, Prussia & Saxony sign Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the French and Indian War and of the Seven Years War

    historyorb.com
  • (1803) Territorial reform of the German states

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm
  • 1814 to 1815 - Congress of Vienna
    At the Congress of Vienna (1814–15), which redrew the map of Europe following Napoleon's defeat, Prussia acquired a large section of north western... Read MORE...

  • (1866) Prussian-Austrian War


    History of Germany
    A history of Germany, and its surface from the Austro-Prussian War, to its modern day Post-Cold-War identity.
    Oliver Hulme... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Prussia has lent a number of farmers near Insterburg from $1,500 to $3,500 each, to enable them to improve their farms.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869
  • News  1869 - Healthy Soldiers
    According to the recent sanitary report of the medical staff of the Prussian army, there are daily 45 soldiers sick out of 1,000 men. Out of every... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Abolished
    Imprisonment for debt has been abolished in Prussia.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 19, 1869
  • (1870-71) Franco-Prussian War

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm
  • 1870 - Prussia is extending and enlarging the fortifications of Cologne, the cost being estimated at $8,000,000.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 4, 1870
  • 1871 - Wilhelm I crowned Prussian King

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ germany/ detimeln.htm
  • News  1871 - Canned Meat
    A single factory in Prussia sends to the army 80,000 cans of preserved meats daily.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 21, 1871
  • News  1871 - It is stated that ninety-six out of every hundred Prussian soldiers, upon the average, are able to read and write.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 4, 1871
  • 1885 - March 26 - The Prussian government, motivated by Otto von Bismarck, expels all ethnic Poles and Jews without German citizenship from Prussia in the Prussian deportations.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 26, 1885
  • 1895 - Prussia
    "Prussia, prüsh'ya or proo'she-8 (Ger. Preussen, prois' son; Dutch, Pruissen, prois'sen; Fr. Prusse, prüss; £. Prus' sia), a kingdom of Central... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - September 29 – Prussia becomes the first locality to require mandatory driver's licenses for operators of motor vehicles.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 29, 1903
  • 1906
    Prussia, prush'a (Ger. Pretuten, prois'sen), a kingdom of Europe, the chief state of the German Empire, com prising the greater part of northern... Read MORE...

  • 1918 - The Kingdom of Prussia ended in 1918.
  • 1932 - In the Weimar Republic the state of Prussia lost nearly all of its legal and political importance by 1932. The old Prussian élites played a passive role in the Nazi regime

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1945 - East Prussia lost all of its German population after 1945, as Poland and the Soviet Union absorbed its territory.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1947 - February 25 - The German state of Prussia is officially abolished by the Allied Control Council.

    www.wikipedia.org
    February 25, 1947
  • History of Prussia

    The Empire of Prussia (www.youtube.com)

Updated: 1/20/2020 12:06:02 PM

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