The partitions of Poland


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History Today
Vol. 8, no. 12 (December 1958), p. 813-820


Except for the decades between the First and Second World Wars, the Polish people, since the end of the 18th century, have always been subjected to some form of foreign domination. Thrice Poland was partitioned by aggressive neighbouring sovereigns, and her promising renaissance after 1772 came to nothing. What are the factors that have determined Poland's tragic destiny?