When West Slavs those Slavic peoples are referred to collectively who settled to the early Middle Ages in the territories between the rivers Elbe and Saale rivers in the west, the Prypjetsümpfen in the east, the Baltic Sea to the north and the south Theißebene.
By the invasion of the Magyars in the Theißebene in the 10th century, they were spatially separated from the regions of the South Slavs. The separation of the East Slavs took place from the 9th century during the Christianization. Unlike the Byzantine influenced East Slavs, The Christianization of the West Slavs Roman Catholic missionaries.
Among the Western Slavs today include the following existing ethnic groups:
Non -existent ethnic groups of Western Slavs:
- Abodrites Hevelli
- Toll Enser
- West Slavic peoples in Poland after the Bavarian geographer
(Edition of Łowmiański and Herrmann)