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Microcosm: a Portrait of a Central European Cityby Roger Moorehouse
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Central Europe has always been richly endowed with a variety of migrants and settlers, and repeatedly been the scene of nomadic invasions, mixed settlements and military conquests. As a result, the area has witnessed a profusion of languages, cultures, religions and nationalities.
The history of Silesias main city can be seen as a fascinating tale in its own right, but it is more than that. It embodies all the experiences that have made Central Europe what it is — the rich mixture of nationalities and cultures; the German settlement and the reflux of the Slavs; a Jewish presence of exceptional distinction; a turbulent succession of Imperial rules; and the shattering exposure to both Nazis and Stalinists. In short, it is a Central European microcosm.
The third largest German city of the mid-nineteenth century, Breslaus population reached one million in 1945, before the bitter German defence of the city against the Soviets wrought almost total destruction. Transferred to Poland after the war, Breslau has risen from ruins and is again a thriving economic and cultural centre of the region.
In order to present a portrait of Central Europe, the authors of this volume have made a case study of one of the most colourful cities, the former German Breslau, which became the Polish Wroclaw after World War II.
About the Author
Norman Davies is Professor Emeritus of the University of London and the author of several books on European history including Gods Playground, Europe and The Isles. Roger Moorhouse was the researcher for Davies Europe and The Isles.
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