Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) Historical Background

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • In 1701, Frederick William and Adolphus Frederick II divided the Duchy of Mecklenburg between Schwerin and Strelitz.
  • On 1 January 1934, Free States of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz were united to form the newstate of Mecklenburg.
  • After World War II, the Soviet government occupying eastern Germany merged Mecklenburg with the smaller neighboring region of Western Pomerania (Vorpommern) to form the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.Wikipedia


Former States Now in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

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Maps[edit | edit source]

Modern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Kreise (Counties)

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1871 Region

History and Background

Geo-Political Differences Today
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(organized by 1871 Meyer's Gazetteer)
Wiki Page

Instructions for Research Before 1945

Mecklenburg-Schwerin

1945: Merged with Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Western Pomerania to form the current state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Map)

Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Mecklenburg-Strelitz

1945: Merged with Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Western Pomerania to form the current state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Map)

Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Pomerania

1945: The western part became part of the current state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
1945: The eastern part, Pomeralia became the Pomeranian Voivodeship of Poland (Map)

Preussen, Pommern