Lead: At times Polish independence has survived but only through the powerful combination of nationalism and religion.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Surrounded by powerful and often greedy neighbors, Poland has frequently lost its independence. By 1795 due to political weakness, war and a series of partitions at the hands of Russia, Prussia and Austria, Poland had ceased to exist. Except for a brief resurrection under Napoleon as the Grand Duchy of Warsaw, Poland did not return to the map of Europe for 125 years. Yet, Poland continued to survive, if in no other form than as an idea nourished by nationalism and religion. Read more →