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Danzig in the 19th century

(Gdansk, Poland)

Danzig began the century part of Frederick William II's Prussia. Danzig, Thorn and the territory south of the Netze falling to it in 1795 in the third partition of Poland. Despite the population being solidly Germanic (despite 300 years allegiance to the Polish crown the town had no Polish merchant and few householders), there was little joy at becoming Prussian. The town militia put up a brief struggle and Anna, mother of the philosopher Schopenhauer's, diary records, 'This morning disaster fell on my poor town like a vampire'.

Although much of this was lost at the Conference of Vienna, Prussia held Danzig. It remained part of Prussia, albeit within the German Empire of 1871, until becoming a Free State under the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

The images of Danzig's waterfront, from where flax and wheat were shipped to Tayside, date from the late 1890s to 1930. Much of the area is restored as can be seen from the 20th century entry.


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