How the Teutonic Crusade changed Eastern Europe

"Within a few centuries, the Teutonic warriors led a major ecological and cultural transformation that swept the pagan Baltic tribes into the fold of European Christendom," according to a statement by Stanford University regarding an article by researcher Krish Seetah. The article was published in the November 30, 2012 issue of Science.

Seetah research looks at the changes brought on by the Germanic Christian knights known as the Teutonic Order who ravaged the pagan tribes of modern Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and parts of Sweden and Russia from the 12th through 16th centuries, including deforestation and the extinction of animals.