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The Partitions of Poland, 1772–1795

  • Dennis P. Hupchick
  • Harold E. Cox

Abstract

The most critical factor in Poland’s fall from greatness was the state’s lack of a viable, unifying sociopolitical system to hold the country together. By the mid-17th century, Poland was disintegrating from within. The Polish nobility had grown so powerful vis-à-vis royal authority that no real unity of purpose existed among them to defend the interests of the state as a whole. Government through the sejm was paralyzed by the use of the liberum veto, which granted each individual member the right to defeat any resolution placed before it by voicing a lone protest. No governing assembly could function under such a condition. Although the vetoes of lesser nobles could be overcome effectively, those of the powerful magnates, as well as those with strong foreign backing, could not.

Keywords

Real Unity Polish Land Polish Inter Costly Conflict French King 
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Copyright information

© Dennis P. Hupchick and Harold E. Cox 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis P. Hupchick
    • 1
  • Harold E. Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.Wilkes-BarreUSA

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