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Maps 2 - German Empire 1871 - 1918




This map shows the division of the German Empire, from 1871 to 1918.

On the map the name of the largest part of the German Empire is missing, and that is Prussia. It is the grey areas.

The names of the provinces of Prussia appear in blue writing. Liegnitz and Breslau, places of residence of Bertha Dudde, were in the province of Silesia (Schlesien). Breslau was the capital of Silesia.

West Prussia (Westpreußen) therefore lies in the east of Prussia, because the original Prussia existed of West Prussia and East Prussia (Ostpreußen). When Brandenburg expanded and had conquered Prussia, it called itself Prussia. Prussia did not belong to the Holy Roman Empire and through this change of name from Brandenburg to Prussia this German land got more independence from the empire.

The following picture makes the situation concrete:




In Berlin, on the 2nd of February 1732, the king of Prussia signed a resolution, in which he declared himself to receive the protestant Salzburger in his land and to offer them there a new home. The wording started thus:

"Royal Prussian patent, concerning the acceptance and reception of the protestant faith companions emigrating from the arch foundation Salzburg into his royal majesty's land.

We, Friedrich Wilhelm, King in Prussia by God's favour, Mark Count at Brandenburg, Arch Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire etc. etc. ..."

Friedrich Wilhelm was therefore king of Prussia, and as well elector, in the Holy Roman Empire, therefore with the authority to elect the emperor, and then also still mark count at Brandenburg.

Bertha Dudde was born in Prussia, but not in the first empire, not in the Holy Roman Empire, but in the second empire. In this second empire the King of Prussia was at the same time emperor of Germany, because Prussia already dominated area wise. After that she lived in the Weimarer Republic and after that in the third empire, where she started to write down the words of God. After that she lived in West Germany, in the Federal Republic of Germany, where she then further wrote down - until her death - what God gave her.

In the second empire, 1871 - 1918, the influence of Prussia was quite strong, and one rather spoke of the provinces of Prussia than of Prussia itself, and that then probably also meant that the name Prussia did not appear at all, like here on this map.

That has still remained so until today. If someone would say he is born in Prussia or his forefathers come from Prussia, it does not mean much to the other person, only the name of the province really gives information.

The sizes of the Prussian provinces are also about the same as the non-Prussian lands of Germany and that is also a reason why the word Prussia rather remains in the background.


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