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Coat of arms of Brandenburg, shared by the Neumark

The Margraviate of Brandenburg
Margraviate of Brandenburg
c. 1320, showing the Neumark
Neumark
as the portion reaching out to the east. Cross-hatched are territories also acquired by the House of Ascania
House of Ascania
outside of Brandenburg.

Capital Soldin

Historical era Middle Ages, Modern era

 •  Lubusz Land
Lubusz Land
bought by Mgvt Brandenburg and Abp Magdeburg 1252

 •  Pawned to the Teutonic Knights 1402–63a

 •  Partitioned to form Brandenburg-Küstrin 1535–71

 •  Electors inherited Duchy of Prussia 1618

 •  Expanded on abolition of Posen-West Prussia 1938

 •  Potsdam Conference
Potsdam Conference
awarded most of Neumark
Neumark
to Poland 17 July – 2 Aug 1945

 •  Reorganised to Lubusz Voivodeship 1 January 1999

Today part of

 Poland  Germany

a: Pawned to the Teutonic Knights
Teutonic Knights
in 1402, who gained complete control of the territory by 1429. Pawned back to Brandenburg in 1455, whose reacquisition of the territory was completed in 1463.

The Neumark
Neumark
( listen (help·info)), also known as the New March (Polish: Nowa Marchia) or as East Brandenburg (German:  Ostbrandenburg (help·info)), was a region of the Margraviate of Brandenburg
Margraviate of Brandenburg
and its successors located east of the Oder River in territory which became part of Poland
Poland
in 1945. Called the Lubusz Land
Lubusz Land
while part of medieval Poland, the territory later known as the Neumark
Neumark
gradually became part of the German Margraviate of Brandenburg
Margraviate of Brandenburg
from the mid-13th century. As Brandenburg-Küstrin
Brandenburg-Küstrin
the Neumark
Neumark
formed an independent state of the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
from 1535 to 1571; after the death of the margrave John, a younger son of Joachim I Nestor, Elector of Brandenburg, it returned to Elector John George, the margrave's nephew and Joachim I Nestor's grandson. With the rest of the Electorate of Brandenburg, it became part of the Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
in 1701 and part of the German Empire in 1871 when each of those states first formed. After World War I the entirely ethnic German Neumark
Neumark
remained within the Free State of Prussia, itself part of the Weimar Republic
Weimar Republic
(Germany). After World War II
World War II
the Potsdam Conference
Potsdam Conference
assigned the majority of the Neumark
Neumark
to Polish administration, and since 1945 has remained part of Poland. Polish settlers largely replaced the expelled German population. Most of the Polish territory became part of the Lubusz Voivodeship, while the northern towns Choszczno
Choszczno
(Arnswalde), Myślibórz
Myślibórz
(Soldin), and Chojna
Chojna
( Königsberg
Königsberg
in der Neumark) belong to the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. Some territory near Cottbus, which was administratively part of the Government Region of Frankfurt (coterminous with the Neumark) after the 1815 Congress of Vienna, became part of East Germany
Germany
in the 1940s, becoming part of Germany after reunification in 1990.

Contents

1 Location

1.1 In the Brandenburgian Region of Frankfurt 1.2 In the Pomeranian Region of Köslin

2 History

2.1 Ancient history 2.2 Middle Ages 2.3 Teutonic Knights 2.4 Brandenburg-Küstrin 2.5 Brandenburg-Prussia 2.6 Kingdom of Prussia 2.7 Germany

2.7.1 Infrastructure before 1945 2.7.2 World War II 2.7.3 Villages in today's Germany
Germany
west of the Oder

2.8 Poland

3 Notes 4 See also 5 External links

Location[edit] The Oder
Oder
marked the borders of the Neumark
Neumark
in the west and south; in the north it bordered Pomerania, and in the east Poland
Poland
(after the Second Partition of Poland, the Province of Posen). The Warta
Warta
and Noteć
Noteć
Rivers and their swamp regions dominated the landscape of the region. At the time of the Neumark's greatest territorial extent (at the end of the 17th century), the region included the following later Kreise (districts) and towns: In the Brandenburgian Region of Frankfurt[edit] See also: Frankfurt (region)

Arnswalde (de) (1818–1945; from 1938 part of Pomeranian Region of Posen-West Prussia), based in Neuwedell (till 1908), thereafter in Arnswalde Crossen (Oder) (de) (1818–1945), based in Crossen upon Oder Friedeberg (de) (1816–1945; from 1938 part of Pomeranian Region of Posen-West Prussia), based in Friedeberg in the New March Königsberg
Königsberg
(New March) (de) (1816–15 March 1946, remainder west of the Oder
Oder
merged into Angermünde (de), Lebus (de) and Oberbarnim districts (de)), based in Königsberg
Königsberg
in the New March Landsberg (Warthe) (de) (1818–1945), based in Landsberg upon Warthe Soldin (de) (1818–1945), based in Soldin Sternberg (de), (1816–1873; partitioned into Oststernberg (de) and Weststernberg (de)), based in Zielenzig (till 1852), thereafter in Drossen

In the Pomeranian Region of Köslin[edit] See also: Köslin (region)

Dramburg (de) (1816–1945; from 1938 part of Pomeranian Region of Posen-West Prussia), based in Dramburg Schivelbein (de) (1816–1945), based in Schivelbein

History[edit] Ancient history[edit] In the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
the area which became the Neumark
Neumark
fell within the area of the Lusatian culture. In the Iron Age
Iron Age
the Jastorf culture operated in this region, identified sometimes with Germanic and sometimes with Celtic tribes. As its inhabitants moved westward, the region became depopulated during the Migration Period.[citation needed] After AD 500 West Slavic tribes gradually repopulated the area, which became a forest borderland between Pomerania
Pomerania
and Greater Poland. According to the Bavarian Geographer's description, the Miloxi inhabited the future Neumark
Neumark
region: they had 47 settlements between the Oder
Oder
and Poznań. Middle Ages[edit]

Lubusz Land
Lubusz Land
— core of the future Neumark
Neumark
— during the Piast period (marked in yellow)

The region came under the sovereignty of the first Polish state during the 10th-century rule of Mieszko I (died 992) and Bolesław I (ruled 992–1025), Dukes of the Polans.[1] Polish rulers incorporated the future Neumark
Neumark
territory as the Lubusz Land
Lubusz Land
and by the beginning of the 13th century the previously depopulated region had a thinly-spread population of Poles. Beginning in the 1230s, Low-German–speaking colonists from the Holy Roman Empire began settling north and south of the Warta
Warta
and Noteć Rivers upon the initiative of Pomeranian and Polish lords; see Ostsiedlung. The lords invited members of the Knights Templar
Knights Templar
and Knights Hospitaller
Knights Hospitaller
to establish monasteries, near which settlements began to develop. To fortify the borderland Pomeranian and Polish dukes built castles in the north, around which settlements also grew. The Ascanian margraves of Brandenburg, starting with Albert the Bear (ruled 1157–70), aspired to extend their dominion east of the Oder. They had gained a foothold east of the river by 1242 and in 1252 the Margraviate of Brandenburg
Margraviate of Brandenburg
and the Archbishopric of Magdeburg purchased the Lubusz Land. In 1253 they founded Frankfurt an der Oder as a river-crossing and as a staging-point for further expansion easward.[2] Through land purchases, marriage pacts, and services to Poland's Piast dynasty, the Ascanians extended their territory eastward to the Drawa
Drawa
River and northward to the Parsęta
Parsęta
River. For instance, the Polish castellany of Santok, an important base and crossing point over the Warta
Warta
near its junction with the Noteć, was sought by Pomerania. To relieve himself of the trouble of maintaining the fortress, Duke Przemysł I of Greater Poland
Poland
granted the castellany to Margrave
Margrave
Conrad as a dowry for his daughter Konstancja. To safeguard the region Margrave
Margrave
John I founded the town of Landsberg an der Warthe (now Gorzów Wielkopolski) in 1257. The Templars sold Soldin to the Ascanians in 1261, and the town began to become a center for the region. Most of the colonists who settled in Brandenburg's new eastern territory came from Magdeburg
Magdeburg
or the Altmark
Altmark
("Old March"). Unlike in the rest of Brandenburg (where the Ascanians settled knights in open villages) the margraves began constructing castles in their land east of the Oder
Oder
to guard against Poland.[3] The Slavic inhabitants of the region gradually became Germanized. Because the new Terra trans Oderam, or "land across the Oder", formed an extension of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, it became known as the Neumark
Neumark
("New March") after the middle of the 15th century. With the extinction of the Ascanian line in 1320, Brandenburg's interest in the Neumark
Neumark
decreased. Neither the margraves of the Wittelsbach (1323–73) nor those of the Luxembourg dynasties concerned themselves with developing their eastern-most territory further. The political vacuum allowed Poland
Poland
to reassert its influence in the area, while robber barons terrorized the populace. Teutonic Knights[edit] See also: Treaties of Cölln and Mewe Brandenburg pawned the Neumark
Neumark
to the Teutonic Knights
Teutonic Knights
in 1402, and it passed completely under their control in 1429, although the Order neglected the region as well. After the Teutonic Knights' defeat in the Battle of Grunwald
Battle of Grunwald
(Tannenberg) in 1410, the future Grand Master Michael Küchmeister von Sternberg
Michael Küchmeister von Sternberg
used the Neumark
Neumark
as a staging ground for an army of German and Hungarian mercenaries which he later used against the forces of King Władysław II Jagiełło of Poland. This allowed the Order to retain much of its territory in the First Peace of Thorn in 1411.[4] In 1454/1455 the Knights' mismanagement led to their pawning of the Neumark
Neumark
back to Brandenburg, by then led by Elector Frederick II of the Hohenzollern dynasty (Treaties of Cölln and Mewe). After Frederick completed the re-acquisition of Neumark
Neumark
in 1463 for 40,000 guilders, the region belonged to Brandenburg for the following centuries, with the exception of the time between 1535-1571. Frederick II wrote for his successors "that the said land, the New Mark, shall belong to German territory and to the worshipful Electorate of the Mark of Brandenburg, with which it was incorporated at the institution of the Electorate, and shall so remain, and shall never pass to those who speak not the German tongue".[5] Brandenburg-Küstrin[edit]

Margraviate of Brandenburg-Küstrin

Markgrafschaft Brandenburg-Küstrin

Margraviate

1535–1571

A groschen of John, Margrave
Margrave
of Brandenburg-Küstrin, 1545

Coat of arms of Brandenburg

Capital Soldin (to 1548)a Küstrin
Küstrin
(from 1548)b

Government Principality

Margrave John

Historical era Early modern age

 •  Partitioned from     Brandenburg 1535

 •  Reabsorbed into     Brandenburg 1571

Preceded by Succeeded by

Margraviate of Brandenburg

Margraviate of Brandenburg

Today part of  Poland  Germany

a: Soldin is now the Polish city of Myślibórz b: Küstrin
Küstrin
straddled the Oder-Neisse line, so was partitioned after World War II
World War II
and is now Kostrzyn nad Odrą
Kostrzyn nad Odrą
in Poland
Poland
and the Küstriner Vorland
Küstriner Vorland
in Germany.

After the death of Elector Joachim I Nestor in 1535, Brandenburg's territory west of the Oder
Oder
(the Kurmark) went to his older son Joachim II Hector, while the Neumark
Neumark
went to his younger son John, who began ruling the Neumark
Neumark
as an independent margraviate and consolidated the land. An enthusiastic supporter of the Protestant Reformation, John succeeded in converting the Neumark
Neumark
to Lutheranism
Lutheranism
and in confiscating church property. He lived frugally and acquired wealth for his treasury through usury and hiring out mercenary companies. The division of Brandenburg resulted in trade wars between the brothers, as Crossen and Landsberg competed with the Kurmark's Frankfurt for mercantile primacy. The two margraves eventually compromised — at the economic expense of Stettin. (The brothers also reconciled out of concern for their territories during the Schmalkaldic War
Schmalkaldic War
of 1546–47.) In 1548 John's administration moved from Soldin to Küstrin. With the death of both brothers within ten days of each other in 1571, the Neumark
Neumark
became reunited with the Kurmark under Joachim II's son, John George.[3] Brandenburg-Prussia[edit] In 1618, East Brandenburg became part of Brandenburg-Prussia
Brandenburg-Prussia
after the electors' inheritance of the Duchy of Prussia. During the Thirty Years' War (1618–48) both Swedish and Imperial troops plundered, ravaged and burnt the land, while plague epidemics in 1626 and 1631 killed much of the populace. While occupied by Swedish troops the region had to contribute 60,000 thalers and 10,000 Wispel of rye. Kingdom of Prussia[edit]

Districts in the Neumark
Neumark
as of 1873

After the declaration of the Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
in 1701, the situation in the Neumark
Neumark
began to improve. King Frederick I initiated new waves of colonization. Many French Huguenots, forced to flee from religious persecution in France, arrived as settlers. The textile industry also began to develop in the Neumark. The Seven Years' War
Seven Years' War
caused the region to regress in its development, as high contributions were exacted from the population for the war effort and the Neumark
Neumark
was the setting for battles such as at Kunersdorf. Under Frederick II, increased land reclamation and economic consolidation resulted from the drainage of the Warta
Warta
and Notec areas. The reorganization of Prussia after the territorial changes — resulting from the Congress of Vienna
Congress of Vienna
in 1815 — changed the political makeup of the Neumark. The districts of Dramburg (de) and Schivelbein (de) and the northern part of the Arnswalde district (de) with the town of Nörenberg became part of the Province of Pomerania. The Neumark's remaining territory was incorporated into the newly created Frankfurt Region of the Province of Brandenburg. Germany[edit] With the formation of the Prussian-led German Empire
German Empire
in 1871 the Neumark
Neumark
— along with the rest of Brandenburg — became part of a unified German state. In the Weimar Republic's National Assembly of 1 November 1919, the majority of the region voted for the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Germany
(SPD). The Neumark
Neumark
populace mostly voted for the German National People's Party
German National People's Party
in the elections for the German Reichstag on 20 May 1928, with a small island of SPD voters. In the Reichstag vote of December 1924 1,900 votes were cast for the Polish People's Party out of a population of 570,000. In 1925 the Neumark
Neumark
had 3,500 Polish-speakers.[6] In the Reichstag vote of 6 November 1932, the Nazi Party
Nazi Party
won the election in the region.[7] When the Nazi authorities dissolved the province of Posen-West Prussia in 1938, they expanded the Frankfurt Region to include the districts of Schwerin and of Meseritz, although the New Marcher districts of Arnswalde (de) and of Friedeberg (de) were reassigned to Pomerania. According to the 1939 census, the Neumark
Neumark
had a population of 645,000 residents, including 3,000 non-Germans.[6] The dialect spoken in much of the territory was Neumärkisch, a variation of the East Low German
Low German
Brandenburgisch dialect. Infrastructure before 1945[edit] The Neumark
Neumark
region long featured agriculture and forestry. The medium-sized towns were mostly Ackerbürgerstädte, or farmer-citizen-towns. The textile industry became prominent in the 19th century. With the construction of modern roadways, of the Fernverkehrstraße 1 (an arterial road from Berlin
Berlin
to Königsberg), and of the Prussian Eastern Railway, the Neumark
Neumark
also began to develop industrially. Such development was primarily geared toward agricultural needs and was concentrated near the cities of Landsberg and Küstrin, and the Neumark
Neumark
did not become nearly as industrialized or densely populated as other German areas such as the Ruhr, Saxony, or Upper Silesia. World War II[edit] Near the end of World War II, the Soviet Red Army
Red Army
reached the Neumark at the end of January 1945. Because the Red Army
Red Army
had advanced so quickly, the civilian population of the region suffered greatly from warfare and occupying troops because they had not prepared to flee in time. More than 40,000 New Marchers were killed in action as soldiers. Under the terms demanded by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in the Potsdam Agreement, the region was put under Polish administration after the Potsdam Conference and eventually became part of Poland. Germans
Germans
remaining in the region were expelled, and were replaced with Poles
Poles
that had themselves been expelled from the Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union. A small part of the German population, mostly technicians for the water supply companies, were retained and used for compulsory labour; they were allowed to emigrate to Germany
Germany
in the 1950s. Older estimates indicated that of the pre-war population of 645,000, only 5,000 of the inhabitants from 1939 remained in the province in 1950.[7][8] Villages in today's Germany
Germany
west of the Oder[edit] After the regulation of the river Oder
Oder
in the 18th century the western border of the New March was not adapted to the Oder's new partially more eastern course. Thus the New Marcher villages west of the Oder, now the German-Polish border, remained with post- World War II
World War II
Germany. Formerly located within the District of Königsberg
Königsberg
in the New March were the villages Adlig Reetz (de), Alt and Neu Bleyen (de), Altglietzen (de), Altreetz (de), Altwustrow (de), Bralitz (de), Croustillier (de), Drewitz Ausbau (a locality of Bleyen), Gabow (de), Güstebieser Loose (de), Hohenwutzen, Karlsbiese (de), Karlshof (de), Königlich Reetz (a locality of Oderaue), Küstrin-Kietz, Neuenhagen in the New March (de), Neuküstrinchen (a locality of Oderaue), Neulietzegöricke (de), Neuranft (de), Neurüdnitz, Neutornow (de), Neuwustrow (de), Schaumburg in the Oderbruch (a locality of Bleyen), Schiffmühle (de), Zäckericker Loose (de) and Zelliner Loose (a locality of Letschin). The villages of Aurith (de) and Kunitz-Loose (a locality of Wiesenau) formed part of the Weststernberg district. Poland[edit] The Oder-Neisse line
Oder-Neisse line
delimiting Germany
Germany
and Poland
Poland
split several localities of the region into divided cities:

Küstrin
Küstrin
was separated into German Küstrin-Kietz
Küstrin-Kietz
and Polish Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Frankfurt an der Oder
Oder
was split into German Frankfurt (Oder)
Frankfurt (Oder)
and Polish Słubice, Guben
Guben
was divided into German Guben
Guben
and Polish Gubin, Bad Muskau
Bad Muskau
was split into German Bad Muskau
Bad Muskau
and Polish Łęknica, Forst was divided into German Forst and Polish Zasieki, Görlitz
Görlitz
was separated into German Görlitz
Görlitz
and Polish Zgorzelec.

To replace the expelled indigenous German population, Soviet authorities re-settled Neumark
Neumark
with Poles
Poles
and Ukrainians
Ukrainians
from territories of Poland
Poland
annexed by the Soviet Union. From 1975–98 the former Neumark
Neumark
territory was divided between the Voivodeships of Gorzów and Zielona Góra with a small section around Chojna
Chojna
in Szczecin
Szczecin
Voivodeship. Since the reorganization of Polish voivodeships on 1 January 1999, almost all of the former Neumark
Neumark
region lies within the Lubusz Voivodeship. Notes[edit]

^ Poland.gov. "Mieszko I and Boleslaw Chrobry (Boleslaus the Brave)". Accessed December 3, 2006. ^ Barraclough, Geoffrey. The Origins of Modern Germany. W.W. Norton. 1984. ISBN 0-393-30153-2 ^ a b Koch, H.W. A History of Prussia. Barnes & Noble Books, 1993. ISBN 0-88029-158-3 ^ Urban, William. The Teutonic Knights. Greenhill Books. 2003. ISBN 1-85367-535-0 ^ Eulenburg, Herbert, translated by M.M.Bozman. The Hohenzollerns. The Century Co. 1929. ^ a b Zentrum gegen Vertreibungen. History of the German expellees and their homelands Archived 2006-10-15 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed 12 May 2006. ^ a b Westermanns Atlas zur Weltgeschichte. Georg Westermann Verlag. 1963. ^ Scheuch, Manfred. Historischer Atlas Deutschland: Vom Frankenreich bis zur Wiedervereinigung. Bechtermünz Verlag. 2001. ISBN 3-8289-0358-4

See also[edit]

Bishopric of Lebus List of cities and towns in the Neumark

External links[edit]

1493 map -Marcha Nova-Neumark Map of the Neumark
Neumark
in the Middle Ages Administrative history (in German) Genealogical research (in German)

Coordinates: 50°39′26″N 12°21′19″E / 50.65722°N 12.35528°E /

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