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The Great War

Insights and Perspectives


Edited By Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska, Agata Handley and Piotr Zawilski

This publication is a collection of articles which summarise results of investigations into archival materials concerning wartime stories of various nations involved in the Great War. The objective of the authors was to analyse the wartime experience of individuals and local communities as well as whole nations. They further tried to present a closer, more personal overview of wartime drama. As a result the book portrays the impact of the Great War on the lives of multicultural communities, re-constructs individual war narratives and studies consequences of the conflict. The use of various types of historical materials from state archives and from other sources enabled the authors to create a multifaceted portrayal of the war seen from local and international perspectives.
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World war from a local perspective. School chronicles from the border areas of the Province of Posen (Prowincja Poznańska) as a source of information


The Gniezno region before 1914 was located on the Prussian side of the border between two mutually hostile superpowers – Germany and Russia. At that time it comprised two powiat1 districts: Gniezno and Witkowo. At the turn of the century, the ethnic and religious structure of the local population began to change as a result of intensive activity of the Prussian Settlement Commission in Posen and West Prussia (Pruska Komisja Kolonizacyjna dla Prus Zachodnich i Poznańskiego). Shortly before the outbreak of war, in 1910, 34,14% of the Gniezno powiat population and 14,6% of the Witkowo powiat population declared that they belonged to the Evangelical Church, which was basically equal to their membership of German nation (Gemeindelexikon…, pp. 76–77).

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