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Why Poland is not Russia


southern 75 | 7,097
9 May 2010  #1
Most people in the West till the '90's had problem telling Poland apart from Russia.I mean nothing at all was taught in history in schools about eastern European history or Slavs.Now does the average westerner feel there is a major difference between Russian and polish society and culture or for him everything still remains Eastern Europe as it was eastern block?
ConstantineK 26 | 1,259
9 May 2010  #2
Russia, it is not Eastern block or Europe!
plk123 8 | 4,150
9 May 2010  #3
Most people in the West till the '90's had problem telling Poland apart from Russia

where?? most american couldn't place PL on the map if their life depended on it but they surely knew that PL was NOT russia or soviet union.

Russia, it is not Eastern block or Europe!

but a pretty large part of russia is in europe and thus eastern block
1jola 14 | 1,879
9 May 2010  #4
Why Poland is not Russia

That is an extremely difficult question for Westerners...ans Southern.

Let's try some easier ones first:
PolskiMoc 4 | 324
23 Jun 2011  #5
most american couldn't place PL on the map if their life depended on it but they surely knew that PL was NOT russia or soviet union.

True, My Polish American friend worked in an American household & the Americans thought Poland was a Middle Eastern country.

Pretty sad an adult would be this stupid.

Most people in the West till the '90's had problem telling Poland apart from Russia.

Alot of people don't even know what Slavic is even. Some people seem to think Polish people are Germanic.

Yes, I have heard some Germans & Brits say that Poland is West Russia.

But, Poland is likely the home to Slavic nations.

Poland has the oldest R1a in Europe. It has been proven the R1a in Poland moved to Russia & Ukraine later.

Also Poland was Poland while all East Slavs were Kievan Rus.

In & Around Poland there is & has been of Slavic diversity.

Like Kashubians,White Croatians, Sorbs, Silesians, Slovinicans, Polabians ect.

With East Slavs there has been more diversity towards Poland. Belarussians, Rusyns, Red Ruthenians, Ukrainians ect.

When, you go towards Russia it is pretty much just Russians. Exept for Cossacks who are more like Ukrainians.

But, it still shows that the Slavic maximum diversity seems to be in Poland.

Yes, South Slavs have diversity too but it is more based on religion than linguistics.
Joe Fed - | 2
15 Aug 2011  #6
[Moved from]: Does anyone know where Wolkapaszitza Russia is?

My grandfather apparently came from this Russian City back in 1911. Back then the Russia Poland borders were not exactly set, so this city could now be in Poland under another name???
enkidu 7 | 623
15 Aug 2011  #7
How About this. or that
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%B3lka_Piaseczna,_Podlaskie_Voivodeship
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%B3lka_Piecz%C4%85ca

Both of these wilages were in Imperial Russia Back in 1911.

BTW - The name consist always two words. Its "Wólka <something>"

Take a look here and good luck. :)
pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%B3lka
Wee Boaby 2 | 2
12 Jun 2012  #8
Merged: THE RIVALRY BETWEEN POLAND AND RUSSIA

Can anyone explain this rivalry to me?

Do they really hate each other? If so why?

Does anyone think it will kick off between the fans?
bullfrog 6 | 603
12 Jun 2012  #9
Go buy yourself a history book!
Wee Boaby 2 | 2
12 Jun 2012  #10
id rather watch them puch hell out each other in the streets and make themselves even bigger laughing stocks
Jimmu 2 | 157
17 Jun 2012  #11
Can anyone explain this rivalry to me?

I think it has something to do with invading each other's countries throughout history.
OP southern 75 | 7,097
17 Jun 2012  #12
They usually tend to fight over who invented the wodka.
pawian 159 | 9,463
17 Jun 2012  #13
I think it has something to do with invading each other's countries throughout history.

Are you crazy?

They usually tend to fight over who invented the wodka.

And pierogis.

Deal - Russians invented vodka and Poles pierogis. Or the opposite.

Poland Russia deal
OP southern 75 | 7,097
17 Jun 2012  #14
Between Slavs it is usually brotherly beating.
legend 3 | 664
18 Jun 2012  #15
Many Poles dislike Russians because of history (Wars/Communist/Partitions/etc).
The reasons should be the same for Germans I guess.

Although, it may just be me but for reasons some Poles dislike Germany while hating on Russia.
It makes no sense to me.

In WWII Poland suffered way more casualties from Germany. Roughly 2.5 million ethnic Poles and 2.5 Polish Jews died.
From sources I have seen Poland suffered 300,000 casualties from Russia.

I personally want a Slavic Union (just a dream).
The "West" has for the most part united through various treaties/organizations/etc.
Do not like NATO (their actions) either.
Mr Grunwald 19 | 1,542
18 Jun 2012  #16
Although, it may just be me but for reasons some Poles dislike Germany while hating on Russia.
It makes no sense to me.

History of Poland didn't start in 1939, what Russians did (Soviets?) at those times opened a lot of wounds from the past and they flourished (the hatred). That hatred was pummeled down to the earth for a long time, an resurgence of it (small one) we could all see before the Match Russia-Poland. Let's hope it ends at that.

Makes sense if your family has roots somewhere else then Warsaw.
Jimmu 2 | 157
18 Jun 2012  #17
Are you crazy?

Some say so. But what has that to do with my post?
Are you saying I'm crazy because I said they have invaded each others countries or am I crazy for saying that leads to less than congenial relations?


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