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Reuss



Introduction of Reuss
Two former principalities in Thuringia, central Germany.Dating from the 12th century, with a verycomplicated genealogy, the House of Reuss wasdivided into the Reuss Older Line, with its capital atGreiz, and the Reuss Younger Line, with its capitalat Gera to the north. In 1673 the heads of both theOlder and the Younger lines were made counts of theHoly Roman Empire, and later both became princes.The two principalities joined the Confederation ofthe Rhine in 1807, the German Confederation in1815, and the German Empire in 1871. After Germany'sdefeat in World War I, both principalitieswere briefly free states but were merged as the People'sState of Reuss in 1919. A year later they wereincorporated into the new state of Thuringia.Two former principalities in Thuringia, central Germany.Dating from the 12th century, with a verycomplicated genealogy, the House of Reuss wasdivided into the Reuss Older Line, with its capital atGreiz, and the Reuss Younger Line, with its capitalat Gera to the north. In 1673 the heads of both theOlder and the Younger lines were made counts of theHoly Roman Empire, and later both became princes.The two principalities joined the Confederation ofthe Rhine in 1807, the German Confederation in1815, and the German Empire in 1871. After Germany'sdefeat in World War I, both principalitieswere briefly free states but were merged as the People'sState of Reuss in 1919. A year later they wereincorporated into the new state of Thuringia.

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