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The Oxford History of Poland-LithuaniaVolume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569$
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Robert Frost

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208693.001.0001

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(p.209) 19 Prussia
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 19 examines the transformation of the union state by the 1454–66 union of Poland with Prussia. It briefly considers the nature of the rule of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia, and considers the factors which stimulated the growing discontent of the Prussian elites with rule by the Teutonic Order after the battle of Tannenberg in 1410. It considers why the pressure of war and the consequent taxation demands led to the formation of the Prussian Union and the rebellion of 1454. The chapter concludes with a detailed analysis of the incorporation of Prussia into the Polish kingdom in 1454 and a discussion of the nature of this incorporating union, seen by the Prussians as a means to preserve Prussian liberties.

Keywords:   Prussia, Teutonic Order, Prussian Union, incorporation, Prussian liberties

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