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Old Germany 1871 to 1918 map Poster


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Old Germany 1871 to 1918 map Poster
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Old Germany 1871 to 1918 map Poster
Look at this old map to see how much larger Germany was in 1871 compared to today...you can see Ostpreussen (East Prussia) on the far eastern border............ The lost lands of East Prussia were on the easternmost border of old Germany. This land represents the 700 years that Germans were crusading for the church, building cities, developing farming estates, and governing the populations adjoining the Baltic Sea............. The capital of East Prussia, Königsberg, was founded by Teutonic Knights who came from various locations in Germania. The castle was built in 1255, during the Northern Crusades, and was named in honour of King Ottokar II of Bohemia, when Bohemia was part of the German Holy Roman Empire. The German-language name Königsberg literally means "King's mountain". This fortress city of the Teutonic Knights eventually became the capital of the Monastic State of the Teutonic Order, which included in modern reference: West and East Prussia., parts of Poland, part of Lithuania, and all of Latvia and Estonia.................. After the Catholic Knights became Lutherans in 1525, the Monastic state was splintered into smaller states. The land of East Prussia became the Duchy of Prussia, ruled by the last Teutonic Knights Grandmaster, Albrecht von Hohenzollern. In 1701 the Duchy became the Kingdom of Prussia and the Brandenburg Elector Frederick III of Hohenzollern became Frederick I, King in Prussia. Because Berlin and Potsdam in Brandenburg remained the main residences of the Prussian kings, soon "Kingdom of Prussia" was increasingly used to designate all Hohenzollern lands, and thus the original Kingdom of Prussia became known as East Prussia................. After 1525 other lands of the former Monastic State, the areas of Latvia and Estonia, gradually came under the umbrella of the Russian Empire, but administration and cultural leadership remained with the Baltic Germans that still lived there. In fact some Baltic Germans even moved to St. Petersburg and served the Russian Empire as senior military leaders and administrators. After the First World War, the newly created states of Latvia and Estonia became independant of Russia and began to reduce German control. Eventually, in 1938, Germany itself advised all Baltic Germans to come home to the Reich................. After the Second World War, 700 years of German culture came to an end in East Prussia, West Prussia, Pommern, Posen, and Schlesien. These states were removed from Germany and split between Russia, Lithuania and Poland. Overall, 17 million ethnic Germans from former German territories and other countries were expelled from their traditional homelands. These 17 million people lost everything they owned, but they were the lucky ones…2 million of the expelled died during the largest forced migration in the history of the world.
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