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The kingdom of Prussia, as it was called after 1701, when Frederick I crowned himself king, took its name from the region on the Baltic east of the Vistula that had been ruled since the first third of the 13th century by the Teutonic Order (II); its aboriginal population consisted primarily of Prussians (Prūsai), a tribe whose language belonged to the Baltic group. Missionary work and the extension of Hohenzollern rule advanced hand in hand along the Pregel and Memel. It was not ethnicity but openness to assimilation, especially rel…

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Neugebauer, Wolfgang, “Prussia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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