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Prussia in its modern meaning came into existence only in 1701, when the Kurfürst (elector) of Brandenburg assumed the title “King Frederick I of Prussia”, and from 1871 due to its advanced industrialisation was the leading kingdom of the German Empire. At the end of the second world war most of the former Prussian provinces became part of the new states of either West or East Germany. The Soviet Union annexed the northern part of East Prussia; and Poland acquired the rest of East Prussia, as well as all Prussian territory east of the Oder and Neisse rivers. Prussia as an entity within Germany was dissolved in 1947.

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