The 1st Partition Of Poland
The Polish Lithuanian Dynasty - 1772 A.D
The beginning of the end for the Polish-Lithuanian dynasty (also known as the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth) started in 1772 when the first of 3 partitions occurred. The following 2 partitions would follow in the next few years resulting in the complete end of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth by 1795.
The 25 Second Guide To The First Partition Of Poland
Austria & Prussia Feel Threatened By Russia
Russia's empire had grown by its victories over the Ottomans in the south, to the point it was threatening Austria along with the Kingdom of Prussia, which was a German kingdom that extended to parts of present-day Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Belgium and the Czech Republic. This is the first notable point at which Germany and Russia became opponents.
Polands Land Is Taken & Split Between The 3 Powers
So, Frederick The Great (King Of Prussia) brought about a partition in Poland to prevent Austria going to war with Russia (because Austria felt weakened and so wanted to war with Russia to seize land they had and thus weaken Russia and in the process strengthen Austria). Essentially, Polish-Lithuanian land was apportioned between Austria, Russia and Prussia.