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Durbe

 

a city in Liepaja Raion, Latvian SSR. Located on the shore of Durbe Lake, 5 km from the Durbe station on the Riga-Liepaja railroad line; it is on the Riga-Liepaja highway.


Durbe

 

a lake in the Latvian SSR. On July 13, 1260, an army of the Samogitians (Žemaiti), a Lithuanian tribe, defeated the combined forces of the Teutonic and Livonian orders on Lake Durbe. In the course of the battle the Kufsiu and the Estonians, who had been impressed into the Livonian Army, struck against their hated masters from the rear and thus contributed to the defeat of the knights. This victory was followed by a new uprising of the Prussians and Lithuanians against the knights, and the German garrisons were driven out of Samogitia (Žemaitja). The Žemgali (Semigallians) and the Kuȓšiu rose against the order as did the Estonians on the island of Saaremaa. An uprising of the Prussians and western Lithuanians broke out against the Teutonic Order and lasted 14 years.

REFERENCE

Pashuto, V. T. Obrazovanie Litovskogo gosudarstva. Moscow, 1959. (See index.)
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A general Prussian rebellion started in 1260, after the German crusaders' defeat at the Battle of Durbe. Old Prussians in the different regions chose military leaders and began coordinated acts of war.
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