that's rather a wild generalisation isn't it....
Is it? What an average British man/woman know about countries East of Germany? I don't mean Russia, because they're ought to know something
about Russia (some even thought Warsaw is in Russia... lol)
kind of dismissing all educated or knowledgeable british people in one fell swoop....?
Erm... I'm not dismissing anyone, I don't think it's about education, rather about interest, don't you think?
I think that because of the isolation of the communist block Westerners in general know little about countries which were part of that block. I imagine it will be changing with time (or not, who knows).
It's no use to explain to him all those intricacies.
I know, but I like to get to the bottom of things and find out why Poland being Central is such a big problem for him ;)
I suspect the desire of some posters here to pretend that Poland isn't Eastern European at all is made up of 25% Russophobia, 25% Cultural Cringe, 25% ignorance and/or lack of perspective on Eastern and Central Europe and 25% cluelessness.
Am I one of those "some posters"? :) If so, then you are wrong. I'm not a russophobe, far, far, faaar from that. I can give you e-mail adresses of my Russian friends who can attest for that :) (even my Russian "enemies" wouldn't consider me a russophobe ;))
What is Cultural Cringe?
As for ignorance and lack of perspective I probably know more about Poland and Eastern Europe than you do?
And concerning cluelessness - Eastern Europeans don't consider Poles Eastern. It was my discussions with Russians that made my see how deep is the division between East and West Slavs...
The Westerners don't consider Poles Western, the Easterners don't consider Poles Eastern - so the only reasonable and logical conclusion is that were're Central lol ;) All in all, all this is funny anyway - nobody wants us, damn :)))
So, berni23, will you answer my question today? Which countries would you put in Eastern Europe?