A metropolis or merely a capital of a Prussian-German province? A look at Wrocław at the turn of the 20th century

Teresa Kulak
Original title: Metropolia czy tylko stolica prusko-niemieckiej prowincji : spojrzenie na Wrocław na przełomie XIX i XX wieku
Śląski Kwartalnik Historyczny Sobótka 1999
Translated by: Katarzyna Hussar

When analysing the importance and role of Wrocław at the turn of the 20th century, we should start with reminding that the city was incorporated in the Kingdom of Prussia on the 7th November, 1741, after its authorities — together with all Silesian Estates — had sworn their allegiance to Frederick II (r. 1740–1786) during the 1st Silesian war between Prussia and Austria. In fact, the city was already taken on 10 September by Prussian troops marching through Silesia, and Frederick II acquired the title to Wrocław on 3rd January, 1741, under a neutrality agreement entered into with the city council…

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