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Matthew J. Luther
Comments on The Truth Behind Dresden by Matt L. in reply to Brent F

"Prussian militarism" is and has been a term used to refer, pars pro toto, to the military policies of the Deutsches Kaiserreich (which was Prussian dominated, and of which Dresden was a significant possession) and before that the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth (where, under August der Starke, Dresden was made the "Royal Residential City"). People also talk about the founding of Russia in Kiev, and about Holland when they mean the Netherlands. I read that statement as establishing that the city was no stranger to military strategic importance within German polities, which only makes sense given that this section of the article was devoted to addressing the countervailing claim that Dresden lacked any such importance during WWII.