Polish–Prussian alliance

Polish–Prussian Alliance

Polish–Prussian alliance

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The Polish-Lithuanian and Prussian alliance was an alliance signed on 29 March 1790 in Warsaw between representatives of the Republic of Poland and the Kingdom of Prussia. Prussia tried to take opportunity of the Russian Empire's wars with the Ottoman Empire and Sweden and move the weak Commonwealth into its sphere of influence. Some factions in the Commonwealth deemed this as an opportunity to shake free from decades of Russian control.

Each country promised to aid the other in case of war, and in a secret clause, the Commonwealth was to cede Gdańsk and Toruń to Prussia. However, the Great Sejm in 1791 declared that Commonwealth territories could not be divided.Piotr Stefan Wandycz, The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present, Routledge (UK), 2001, ISBN 0-415-25491-4, The Treaty of Jassy in January 1792 ended the Russian war with the Ottomans, and in April of that year the First Coalition wars began, forcing Prussia to move the bulk of its forces west to deal with revolutionary France. Russia, angered by Poland's attempt to move out of its influence, invaded Poland in May. Prussia refused to aid Poland, arguing that it was not consulted with regards to the 3rd May Constitution, which invalidated the alliance, and when in January 1793 a Prussian...
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