By A. C. Hepburn (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230536743

ISBN-13: 9780230536746

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After 1815, as industrial and commercial stagnation set in, growth came mainly from the expansion of Danzig as an administrative centre, which attracted German-speakers from other parts of the Prussian state. The military garrison, of course, was also German-Prussian in ethos.

The annexation by Brandenburg-Prussia in 1772 of all Royal Prussia except the cities of Danzig and Thorn further aggravated this relationship. The burghers were no more willing to surrender their privileges to a Polish rump-state, which was now desperately attempting to centralise, than they had been in easier times. In Thorn it was declared that anyone appointed to the city council must be ‘at least of the German nation’, yet it was to Russia and England rather than Brandenburg that the two cities looked for allies.

Previously a city of Levantine appearance, it was rebuilt on European lines. Even more important was the aftermath of the First World War, which brought ethnic Greek and Armenian refugees from Bulgaria, Russia and eastern Turkey, and, in greater numbers, from Asia Minor into the city. Under the terms of the Treaty of Lausanne in January 1923 the Greek and Turkish governments agreed to a compulsory exchange of populations which brought one and half million ethnic Greeks into Greece. A Thessaloniki population of 170,000 in 1920 rose during the mid-1920s to almost 500,000 before settling at 237,000 in 1930.

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