1. Plac Wilhelmowski był częstym miejscem pruskich parad wojskowych. Fot ze zbiorów BU.
1. Plac Wilhelmowski był częstym miejscem pruskich parad wojskowych. Fot ze zbiorów BU.
1. Plac Wilhelmowski był częstym miejscem pruskich parad wojskowych. Fot ze zbiorów BU
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The authorities’ policies towards the city changed significantly following Poznań’s integration into the Prussian defence system. The newly-built stronghold and a Citadel towering over the city had a profound impact on the further growth of the capital of the Wielkopolska region. A fortified ring encircled the city to protect Prussia in case of war with Russia or an armed attack by the local Polish population. A shift in urban functionality could easily be seen in Wilhelm Square, which the authorities assigned to many new uses, including that of a military drilling yard. However, in time, the site became predominantly a new hub of Poznań’s business, culture and social life.

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