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The Partitions of Poland 1772, 1793, 1795 Hardcover – December, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0582292758 ISBN-10: 0582292751

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582292751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582292758
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,773,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lukowski has written a book valuable to specialists, helpful to students, and required reading for anyone writing a textbook on 18th century Europe." English historical review, 1999

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brett Williams on February 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
The history of Poland, which is commonly overlooked and, when examined, is often the victim of historical generalization and stereotyping. The latter portion of the eighteenth century, commonly referred to as the Partitions, is a fine example of this attitude. This is the period in which Poland was literally erased from the map of Europe and annexed by surrounding nations. Early examinations of this era were often biased towards the typical European view of Poland, that is their own incompetence and helplessness lead to their demise. Jerzy Lukowski tries to shed light on the subject with this book, and in doing so explains what led up to the Partitions of Poland, and the internal problems that made the nation crumble from within.

Lukowski takes the time, although very brief, to recap the events prior to the Partitions. Each nation which was a major player in the annexation of Polish territory has their current government described, as well as the political situation each find themselves in. The most dominant political factor is security, both of the nation and the leader. Lukowski makes an effort to guide one through these intricate and somewhat confusing alliances and treaties in an attempt to show the political mess that Poland and surrounding neighbours were involved in. With this broad view of the political situation within Europe at the time, Lukowski makes it easier for the reader to understand the reasoning each leader had for their respective nation to carve up Polish lands.

Of equal importance to the external factors of Polish partitions of this era were the internal ones.
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