Way of life 1800 up to 1850

Communal family, Sternberg 1836 Communal family, Sternberg 1836

region Mecklenburg

There was a frightening rise in gambling, prostitution and criminality during the French period (1806-1813). There were reports of bands of robbers in Tarnow, Boizenburg, Grabow, Neustadt/Glewe and Parchim. The rural population felt that their uncertainty had been confirmed through the appearance of a comet in autumn 1811.

After the liberation, on the other hand, the Biedermeier period led to the development of a new bourgeois living culture oriented towards well-being. 

Lauterbach, Goor spa Lauterbach,
Goor spa

region Western Pomerania

Gambling, prostitution and crime rise to horrifying levels during the French occupation (1806–1813). Described by Georg Büchner, the fate of Johann Woyzeck, a socially isolated, former soldier who becomes a murderer, has its roots in Stralsund and Stettin.

Pomerania becomes a melting pot of the nations. Gaetano Medini from Milan is awarded citizenship in Stralsund, marries a Swede and in 1811 takes over the affairs of the 'Stralsund Resource Association', a social club catering to gentlemen of independent means. A new perception of bourgeois interior design emerges around Biedermeier with its focus on domestic comfort.

Much is done to facilitate the integration of inhabitants in 'the most desolate province' after the region is incorporated into Prussia.

The people seek cures in water spas like the one managed by Gustav Wilhelm Scharlau in Stettin. Chief forester Georg von Bülow builds a guest house in Heringsdorf. He is the founder of the imperial spa. 'Heringsdorf' is a neologism coined by Crown Prince Frederick William in 1820.


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