When Curie was born, Poland technically did not exist. At the end of the eighteenth century the country had been divided up between Russia, Prussia and Austria; the part she lived, in1867, was a province of Russia. Following two desperate and bloody uprisings, in 1830 and 1863, Poland went under Russian control and polish was taught only as a foreign language. Curie used to dream going to Paris for studies and to become a doctor. She used to save money for that purpose from her earnings through private tuition as well as during her work as a governess for a wealthy family.