- a former state in N Europe: became a military power in the 18th century and in 1871 led the formation of the German empire; formally abolished as an administrative unit in 1947.
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Incidentally, one of the heroes of that book is Frederick the Great of Prussia, who was almost certainly gay.Niall Ferguson Responds to the Blogospherse
May 8, 2013
But I have been away so long, and everything is changed since the King of Prussia began his wars.In the Valley
His object was to have a personal interview with the King of Prussia.The Downfall
Broad privileges were granted, but Prussia remained an absolute monarchy.
On the night of the 29th came the news by telegraph—“First blood for Prussia!”
Oct. 14th, 1806, the terrible defeat at Jena put Prussia in the hands of the enemy.
- a former German state in N and central Germany, extending from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic Sea and Poland: developed as the chief military power of the Continent, leading the North German Confederation from 1867–71, when the German Empire was established; dissolved in 1947 and divided between East and West Germany, Poland, and the former Soviet Union. Area: (in 1939) 294 081 sq km (113 545 sq miles)German name: Preussen
Word Origin and History for prussia
from Medieval Latin Borussi, Prusi, Latinized forms of the native name of the Lithuanian people who lived in the bend of the Baltic before being conquered 12c. and exterminated by (mostly) German crusaders who replaced them as the inhabitants. Perhaps from Slavic *Po-Rus "(The Land) Near the Rusi" (Russians). The duchy of Prussia after union with the Mark of Brandenberg, became the core of the Prussian monarchy and later the chief state in the German Empire.