Guestuser ✎ 15 Mar 2018 #1After finding this map* about cultural areas of Europe, based on a Swiss Italian Professor's work, I noticed that Western Poland was included into Northwestern Europe.Description of the map. (In German)**Considering there is a divide for countries like Italy (settentrione vs. mezzogiorno) and Spain (Basque Country, Catalonia vs. rest), and according to Christian Giordano's paper****, such differences are due to historical paths, can we say that Western Polish culture is more similar to that found in Germany or Austria? Western parts of Poland are even economically stronger than the rest of the country.Silesia, Pomerania and Prussia were among the first territories settled by Germans***, just like Slovenia and the Czech Republic, which are nowadays largely Germanized culturally, in many aspects.What are then Silesians and Kashubians, and other Western Poles, culturally like?Sorry for the long wall.*(de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geschichte_Europas#/media/File:Historische_Regionen_Europas.png)**(de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geschichte_Europas#Historische_Kulturregionen)***(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_German_settlement_in_Central_and_Eastern_Europe#Medieval_settlements_(Ostsiedlung)****PDF of the paper is available online, in German. Can leave it here if asked.