The noted writer of 'Poland: A historical atlas', Iwo Cyprjan Pogonowski
seemed to indicate the division between the Occidental world and the east
happened at Poland's eastern borders. Other texts not concerning Poland,
suggested this division ran between Hungary and Romania also. Essentially
Romania, the countries east of Poland, and the Balkans, were Asian-like.
Note that Both Russia and Yugoslavia use the Cyrillic alphabet, wheras the
Poles, even the Magyars use the Latin one.
This division is not just in languages or alphabets, it seems to run to the
core of government, to society and culture, perhaps more subtlely in Romania
as it tries to become more like Hungary.
It was said that the Russians and these other 'Non-western' nationalities
ruled like Oriental despots. It's certainly obvious that Russia lacks the
grand cities of China, or the serene gardens of Japan, it has a very
Mongol-like nature about it. Perhaps it never truly recovered from the
ravages of the Khans. Even when it tries to be grandiose, the style is quite
austere and foreboding.
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