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German Poland vs. Russian Poland

A curiosity of the 2007 Polish parliamentary election

THIS MAP displaying the results of the 2007 general election for the Polish parliament is overlaid with an outline of the nineteenth-century border between the German and Russian empires. The areas formerly ruled by the German Kaiser tend to back the right-wing liberal Platforma Obywatelska (“Civic Platform”) party, while those formerly ruled by the Czar tend to support the conservative Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (“Law and Justice”) party. (The green represents the centrist-agrarian Polish People’s Party, while the dark red represents the already-defunct “Left and Democrats” coalition.)

Source: Strange Maps

This post was published on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 8:24 pm. It has been categorised under Germany History Politics Russia and been tagged under , , , , .
Ray from MN
18 Dec 2008 5:25 am

Great map. I wonder what a “right-wing liberal” stands for?

18 Dec 2008 8:59 am

There is one oversight: the south east part of Poland was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, never a part of Russia.
However, differences between regions which were ruled before 1918 by the three empires are quite strong even today.

Unfortunately, explaining the current state of the Polish politics, which is continuously influenced by the distasteful ‘shadows of PRL’,is rather hard work. Simple questions in Poland are not so simple like they seem to be – the awful truth.

Aaron Taylor
18 Dec 2008 10:16 am

So do the people in ‘Orange-State Poland’ complain about the people in ‘Blue-State Poland’?

Mark M
18 Dec 2008 11:32 am

Very interesting!

With the iron curtain descended across Europe, I went through my teens and everything knowing nothing of what happened in the former German immediately after the War. I was shocked when I found out about the mass expulsions, and worse (though hardly surprised); I wonder what German remnant there still is in Poland.

19 Dec 2008 12:41 am

Yes Brunopolski, that region is Galicja, the land my paternal grandmother’s family who emigrated during Blessed Karl’s reign.

21 Dec 2008 6:18 am

To be honest with you, this map exaggerates somehow the actual state, for example, the east part of Poland has less citizens, and PO has won in the vast majority of towns; but it does not mean that this map is no longer interesting.

People do not complain about any part of the country, they complain about the other people.

German remnants in Poland: communists were persistently and wantonly destroying them, especially during the first ten years after the War, like every other remains of non-communistic times – they were called ‘ideologically hostile’. Even bricks from gothic houses from Silesia were used for rebuilding Warsaw. Fortunately, the communists were rather not sedulous. Since mid 60’s people have been taking care of every monument, judging only by its historical and artistic value, not ideology. Of course it normalised actually and finally after 1989.
When it comes to Germans in Poland, they live mainly in south Silesia, in some places there are also bilingual names of places, labels etc.

Mary Budzinsky Kraczyk Piontkowski
4 Feb 2011 8:20 pm

German Poland/Russian Poland map is interesting.
Have you heard of Budzinsky family;Kraczyk family;
Piontkowski family?
One set of relatives lived in the German Poland and the
other in the Russian Poland.

Thank you.

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