Poland (orthographic projection)Here are some basics of Poland's history:

  • Polish state founded c. 966
  • Kingdom of Poland formed in 1025
  • Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth founded in 1569
  • Commonwealth collapses in 1795, Poland divided between Prussia, the Russian Empire, and Austria
  • Independence regained in 1918 (Second Polish Republic)
  • Occupied by Nazi Germany and Soviet Union during World War II, Poland loses over six million citizens
  • People's Republic of Poland emerges after WWII
  • Communist rule overthrown during 1989 revolution, Third Polish Republic begins.

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