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Konigsberg was founded in the year of Kant's birth out of an amalgam of three large towns grouped around the River Pregel. Unlike other German cities of the period, Konigsberg did not possess a closed urban elite consisting of patricians or local rural aristocracy.

It was the second largest city in Prussia and the most economically and culturally dynamic in Germany.

This allowedfor a certain upward social mobility in the academic profession, owing to its particular economic and class structure.


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