Lead: Through centuries of conquest and partition Poland has been a pawn in the hands of the great powers of Europe. At times it survived but almost as little more than an idea.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The nation of Poland lies in the heartland of Europe surrounded on all sides by great powers. There are no significant natural boundaries that mark its territory. Not unlike the Midwestern United States, Poland stretches over flat lands and lies in the middle of the great east European plain. The absence of clearly defined borders meant that Poland was open to invasion on all fronts: by Germans to the west, Russia from the east, Austria and the Ottoman Empire to the south and Sweden to the north.

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