Posts Tagged ‘republic of poland’

Independence Day

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

On November 11, 1918, representatives of the German government signed an agreement marking the end of the First World War in Compiĕgne, northeast of Paris. The Habsburg empire had already fallen, and Russia was in the throes of revolution. For Poles, this was a chance to regain the political state that had been lost. Seeing the defeat of the partitioning powers, Poles began to create the framework of their future state. (more…)


Wednesday, May 1st, 2002

The Polish Constitution of the 3rd of May 1791, while never actually instituted, remains nonetheless an object of great pride in the history or Poland. It is recognized as the second earliest document of its kind, created just a few years after the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Polish Constitution was created during one of the most tragic and traumatic moments in the country’s history. The Republic of Poland, after the first partition had become only a shadow of its former self as a sovereign state. The loss of huge territories to powerful neighbors, resulted in a crisis of escalating proportions. Parliament  was in a state of paralysis and the king’s rule had been rendered impotent as reflected in the weakness of  Poland’s military.