Chapter 14 The Lasting Consequences of Geopolitical Mistakes – Some Realist Conclusions on the Duchy of Prussia and its Role in the History of Poland

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Abstract

This chapter considers the Kingdom of Poland’s relations with the Duchy of Prussia, as well as the impact of Ducal Prussia and its Hohenzollern rulers on the history of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It ponders a realist perspective on the importance of the Duchy of Prussia for the rise of Brandenburg-Prussia and the place of Ducal Prussia in the Polish-Lithuanian foreign and domestic policies. Finally, it asks a principal question about mistakes in the approach of Polish kings towards their Prussian fiefdom.

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