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on February 7, 2004
I don't like the racist, teological view in there. The Teutonic subdued in a harsh war the pagan Baltic Prussians in the 13th century, but unlike what Anglo-Americans did to the Indians, did not exterminate most. Those who converted to Christianity were treated like the German settlers the Teutonic Knights brought in. The Prussian language died out in the late 17th century, after their intermarriage with the Germans. Hundreds of thousands of East Prussians descended from the old Baltic Prussians, as can be seen from their surnames. I am, a.e., a descendant of that merger, as well.
The data in the book is very useful. The conclusions drawn from the data much less so, they are colorable, according to whether you hate Germans for being Germans, or not.