No, Hippo you see Poland in too black mirror. I could agree that Polish were too optimistic pacifist and Poland was not demon of war. However do not forget that Polish soldiers were very effective at times of their glory. Any European nation had so famous, strong and effective units as like Polish Winged Hussars which smashed enemies many times. Do not forget that throught more than 200 years they often ruled battlefields, and between 1520s-1620s they never lost ANY battle! Later they also smashed many enemies and decided in many victories as like Vienna 1683. So, Polish soldiers know successful art of war very well, they know how to won effectively. However too many strong and aggresive enemies which attacked Poland in 17th century, and bloody Khmelnytsky uprising wore out Polish forces so much that Polish were incapable to wage longer campaigns in 18th century. Almost constant campaigning, many wars, enemy invasions, occupations, raids and civil struggles weakened Poland. Worse that close to Polish borders meanwhile rose next three aggresive powers, Austria, Prussia and Russia which wanted Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth lands. So weakened Poland alone can not withstand against 3 aggresive and very strong powers. Polish allies could not help Poland too much at that times. Poland was too weak and divided. That was disaster or tragedy which lead to partitions and 123 years enemy occupation. Then Polish uprisings were only result of enemy aggresions. Do not forget that Polish allways wanted to be FREE nation. Finally Polish won against every evil empires and Poland is independent now.