Insights and Perspectives
Edited By Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska, Agata Handley and Piotr Zawilski
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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