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Prus·sia

 (prŭsh′ə)
A historical region of north-central Europe including present-day northern Germany and Poland. Its ancient, Baltic-speaking inhabitants were conquered by the Teutonic Knights in the 1200s. West Prussia was ceded to Poland in 1466, and East Prussia became a Polish fief that passed to Brandenburg in 1618. Proclaimed a kingdom in 1701, Prussia became a military power under Frederick II (reigned 1740-1786). Prussia was instrumental in the unification of Germany, and in 1871 its king was declared Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany.

Prussia

(ˈprʌʃə)
n
(Placename) 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

Prus•sia

(ˈprʌʃ ə)

n.
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. German, Preussen. Compare East Prussia, West Prussia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Prussia - a former kingdom in north-central Europe including present-day northern Germany and northern PolandPrussia - a former kingdom in north-central Europe including present-day northern Germany and northern Poland; "in the 19th century Prussia led the economic and political unification of the German states"
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
Brandenburg - the territory of an Elector (of the Holy Roman Empire) that expanded to become the kingdom of Prussia in 1701
Poland, Polska, Republic of Poland - a republic in central Europe; the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 started World War II
Prussian - a German inhabitant of Prussia
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In the First World War they were combating Prussian militarism, and in the Second World War, fascism.
The Observer added: "There can be no compromise with the Huns which would leave Prussian militarism in the saddle at Potsdam.
This anti-war fable, with its ironically humorous text and intricately detailed illustrations, shows the futility, absurdity and horrors of war, in particular guying Prussian militarism of the last two centuries and more, is a beautifully produced book.
On the debit side, historians tell us that he was a humorless precisian, an admirer of Prussian militarism, and a withering critic of civilian control of the military.
Chesterton says, the main crime or, as we would rather say the main blunder, of England was that in almost every crisis of modern history until 1914 she was the staunch ally of Prussian militarism.
Just four weeks after the beginning of the war the headmistress, Miss Morgan, reported in the school log book: "In consequence of a great European War in which our country is engaged as Protector of Belgium, a Neutral State, & eventually to carry out her obligations to France, as per agreement against Prussian Militarism, the girls in the three upper classes have been anxious to do something for our gallant soldiers.
It is quite ironic, since most of the EBM enthusiasts have not declared themselves to be endorsers of Prussian militarism.