04 October 2011

Challenge to the Ordenstaat: An Irregular Warfare Interpretation of the Prussian Uprisings of the Thirteenth Century

By the end of the year 1283, the chroniclers of the Teutonic Knights could boast that “there was not a single man found in all Prussia who was not a Christian or who was opposed to the [Latin Christian] faith.”[1]  Over the course of fifty-three years, the Teutonic Knights struggled to subjugate the Baltic peoples of Prussia (and to a greater extent, Livonia).  According to Desmond Seward, throughout this struggle between colonial conqueror and subjugated peoples, “no quarter was given.” [2]