Western Pomerania, in the narrower sense also called Hither Pomerania (German: Vorpommern), is the western extremity of the historic region of the Duchy, later Province of Pomerania, nowadays divided between the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany and West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland.
The term "West Pomerania" is ambiguous, since it may refer to either Hither Pomerania (in German usage and historical usage based on German terminology) or to combined Hither and Farther Pomerania or the West Pomeranian Voivodeship (in Polish usage).
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The List of towns in Vorpommern includes all towns in present-day German Pomerania, also called Western Pomerania, and thus excludes towns which lie west of the Oder river, but east of the Oder-Neisse line (Stettiner Zipfel area), and thus historically are associated also with Vorpommern. For these towns, see List of towns in Farther Pomerania.
Vorpommern, literally Fore-Pomerania, is the smaller, western part of the former Prussian Province of Pomerania; the eastern part became part of Poland after the end of World War II. In the Middle Ages, the area was ruled by the Pomeranian dukes as part of the Duchy of Pomerania.
To be very precise, Vorpommern is a part of Western Pomerania. However, I changed it from Fore Pomerania to Vorpommern (45,500 google hits, English pages only) -- Nico 04:03, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC) Searching the entire Google. West Pomerania: 10,400  Western Pomerania: 12,300  Hither Pomerania: 359  Searching English pages only:
"Western Pomerania" is the established term, just as "West Pomerania" is used for the voivodeship, but usually in combination with the voivodeship denotion. There hasn't been a problem with this way to handle it and there isn't now. -- Horst-schlaemma (talk) 13:03, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
"Pomerania" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Collection of historical eBooks about Pomerania (German) Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pomerania" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. Maps of Pomerania. Map of Pomerania as in 1905, in German Wikipedia
The Western part, the Duchy of Pomerania, was declared part of the Holy Roman Empire (1181). After a brief period of Danish rule (1168/1186-1227), it remained part of Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation until 1806. 1000 years of history of the areas between Elbe, the Oder and Vistula
Initially, Koszalin was the first post-war regional capital of Polish Western Pomerania, before the administration finally moved to Szczecin in February 1946, after which the region was named the Szczecin Voivodeship. In 1950 this voivodeship was divided into a truncated Szczecin Voivodeship and Koszalin Voivodeship.