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Polish Religious Persecution As A Topic In British Writing In The Seventeenth And Early Eighteenth Century

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There was a projection of Britain's own external and internal policy in the context of Poland's religious persecutions, applied at various times like the proscription of the Arianists in Poland (1658), the "Gdansk tumult" (1678), and more strongly manifested in the British attitude towards the "Thorn Affair." British writers focused on persecution order to control a surprising experiment of uncontrolled political and religious liberty in Poland which through the seventeenth and eighteenth century pushed the country to be more and more a trouble spot of Europe. Another motive was the desire to help Protestants in Poland, who sought British aid during the time of their various oppressions, especially after The Deluge and the Great Northern War, although with different purposes in mind. Britain's own external and internal policies provide a vital context for understanding attitudes to Poland's religious persecutions, especially the "Thorn Affair.".

Keywords: British writing; Poland; religious liberty; religious persecution; Thorn Affair

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