Königsberg - Królewiec - Karaliaučius - Kaliningrad: A European City between Germany, Poland, Lithuania, and Russia, 19th-21st Centuries

with Dr. Jan Musekamp, Viadrina University, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Tue, November 18, 2014 | GAR 1.102

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Königsberg-Królewiec-Karaliaučius-Kaliningrad: A European City between Germany, Poland, Lithuania, and Russia, 19th-21st Centuries

The old Prussian coronation city of Königsberg, nowadays Russian Kaliningrad, was an important meeting place between eastern and western Europe. Thanks to its convenient location close to the Russian Empire and its major ice-free Baltic Sea port, trade, industry, culture, and urban development flourished. Focusing on the impact of 19th century’s communication and transportation innovations, the talk will highlight the city’s role within European networks in economy and society. Subsequently, Dr. Musekamp will analyze the changes that brought about both the new borders after 1920 and the transformation after 1945, when the city was renamed Kaliningrad and became a part of the Soviet Union and Russia. 

Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Germanic Studies, and the Texas Language Center.

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