Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

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County (Principality) of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

Grafschaft (Fürstentum) Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
1599–1918
Flagge Furstentumer Schwarzburg.svg
Flag
Coat of Arms of the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.svg
Coat of arms
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Schwarzburg-Sondershausen within the German Empire
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Schwarzburg-Sondershausen within Thuringia
Status State of the Holy Roman Empire,
State of the Confederation of the Rhine,
State of the German Confederation,
State of the North German Confederation,
State of the German Empire,
State of the Weimar Republic
CapitalSondershausen
GovernmentPrincipality
Historical era Middle Ages
 Partitioned from
     Schwarzburg
1599
 Raised to Principality
1697
1918
 Merged into Thuringia
1920
Area
1905862 km2 (333 sq mi)
Population
 1905
85,000
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Flagge Furstentumer Schwarzburg.svg County of Schwarzburg
Thuringia Flag of Thuringia (state).svg
Karl Gunther, the last Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Karl Gunther Schwarzburg.jpg
Karl Günther, the last Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
The castle at Sondershausen Schloss Sondershausen.jpg
The castle at Sondershausen

Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was a small principality in Germany, in the present day state of Thuringia, with its capital at Sondershausen.

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History

Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was a county until 1697. In that year, it became a principality, which lasted until the fall of the German monarchies in 1918, during the German Revolution of 1918–1919. After the German Revolution, it became a republic.

In 1920, it joined with other small states in the area to form the new state of Thuringia. Schwarzburg-Sondershausen had an area of 862 km² and a population of 85,000 (1905). Towns placed in the state were: Arnstadt, Sondershausen, Gehren, Langewiesen, Großbreitenbach, Ebeleben, Großenehrich, Greußen and Plaue.

Rulers of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, 1552–1918

Counts of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

Raised to Principality in 1697

Princes of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

United under Prince Günther Victor of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt

Heads of the princely house of Schwarzburg

On the death of the childless Prince Günther Victor in 1925, he was succeeded by Prince Sizzo (1860–1926), who was the son of Prince Friedrich Günther (1793–1867) from his second, morganatic marriage. Prince Sizzo was recognised as a full member of the House of Schwarzburg in 1896. He was succeeded in 1926 by his son, Prince Friedrich Günther (1901–1971). He was the last in the male line.

Villages with more than 2000 people

VillageInhabitants
December 1, 1910
Arnstadt 17,841
Sondershausen 7759
Langewiesen 3814
Greußen 3348
Großbreitenbach 3255
Gehren 2917
Geschwenda 2291

See also

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Louis Günther II, Count of Schwarzburg-Ebeleben was the ruling count of Schwarzburg-Ebeleben from 1642 until his death. From 1666 until his death, he was also regent of Schwarzburg-Arnstadt on behalf of his underage nephews.

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