Principality of Anhalt-Zerbst

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Principality of Anhalt-Zerbst
Fürstentum Anhalt-Zerbst  (German)
State of the Holy Roman Empire






18th century arms
of Anhalt-Zerbst

Capital Zerbst
Government Principality
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Partitioned from Anhalt 1252
 -  Partitioned into A-Dessau and A-Köthen
 -  Partitioned from Anhalt-Dessau
 -  Partitioned1 1603
 -  Partitioned2 1667
 -  Annexed by A-Dessau 1796
 -  Duchy of Anhalt reunited
1: In 1603, Anhalt-Zerbst lost territory to Anhalt-Dessau, Anhalt-Bernburg, Anhalt-Plötzkau and Anhalt-Köthen.
2: In 1667, Anhalt-Zerbst lost territory to create Anhalt-Mühlingen and Anhalt-Dornburg.
Coat of arms of Principality according to Siebmachers Wappenbuch, 1857

Anhalt-Zerbst was a principality located in Germany. It was established for the first time in 1252 following the partition of the principality of Anhalt. The capital of the state was located at Zerbst. Anhalt-Zerbst ceased to exist in 1396 when it was partitioned between Anhalt-Dessau and Anhalt-Köthen.

It was recreated in 1544 when Anhalt-Dessau was partitioned. The second incarnation lost a lot of territory in 1603 when it was partitioned for a second time with some of its territory being given to Anhalt-Dessau, Anhalt-Bernburg, Anhalt-Plötzkau and Anhalt-Köthen. Anhalt-Zerbst lost more of its territory in 1667 with Anhalt-Mühlingen and Anhalt-Dornburg being created. In 1796, the Principality of Anhalt-Zerbst came to an end with its territory being annexed by Anhalt-Dessau.

Princes of Anhalt-Zerbst[edit]

Princes, 1252–1396[edit]

Partitioned between Anhalt-Dessau and Anhalt-Köthen in 1396.

Princes, 1544–1796[edit]

To Anhalt-Dessau 1796.

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