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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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East Prussia as the only province of the German Empire occupied during the Great War. Wartime histories of East Prussia


The intention of the author of this study is to present East Prussia as a part of the German state during the Great War. The history of this province is strikingly different from the histories of other parts of Germany. The province area, as the only part of the Second Reich, found itself partially, during military action of 1914–1915, under Russian occupation. The author intends to outline the course of warfare and the gehenna of the German civilians as well as the scale of destruction, reconstruction process and persecution of war crimes committed by the occupant.

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