PRUSSIA and IT'S HISTORIC TIME LINE©

Taken in part from The Atlantic Bridge to Germany, Volume VIII on Prussia, by Charles M. Hall.

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Revised 12 February 2005

DATES

EVENT

RESULT

1525 Prussian Dukedom was born The beginning of the Prussia state consisted of what eventually became the province of East Prussia.
1530-1816   Protestantism gained momentum with Prussia's growth.
1618-1648 The Religious War of Europe/The Thirty Years War Sweden took control of the Pomerania area while the population of Europe was reduced considerably (by about one-third).
1701 Prussia becomes a kingdom Friedrich I became the first ruler and built the Prussian Army.
1740 Friedrich II era began Added Silesia to the kingdom.  Nicknamed "The Great".
1795 More territory taken under rule West Prussia, Posen, and other adjacent districts were added to the kingdom to form another Prussian state which became united with Brandenburg, Pommern, and Schlesien (Silesia).
1805 Napoleon moves eastward Posen and Polish border areas lost.
1815 Congress of Vienna Prussia gained the Rheinland and Westphalen, regained Posen, and added Sachsen (Saxony) along with other small areas of the west.
1850 Royal House consolidated The Hohenzollern Royal House was consolidated.
1867 The Seven Years War Alliances formed with the south German states.  Adds Hannover, Schleswig-Holstein, and Hessen-Nassau.
1871 Second Empire formed All Prussian provinces, the states of Bavaria, Baden, North Schleswig, Württemberg, Hessen-Darmstadt, Alsace-Lorraine, and the Sachsen Kingdom became the New Empire.
1918 World War I ends The Empire lost Alsace-Lorraine.  Prussia lost Posen, North Schleswig, and West Prussia.
1933-1945 The build up to and including World War II  The Third Empire regained all land lost in 1918.
1949 Division of Germany West and East Germanys are formed.  Russia is ceded the northern portion of East Prussia.
1990 Unification of Germany East rejoins West.

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