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The View From The Margins: Ireland And Poland-Lithuania, 1698–1798

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Poland had only recently become an object of sustained discussion in Ireland when Theobald Wolfe Tone made his speech in 1798. Interest in Poland was not simply a function of contact, in any case. Events in Poland also played a role. Bernard Connor explained his decision to write down what he had learned about Poland as a response to queries about the election of a new Polish king following the death of King John III Sobieski in 1696. Far from anarchy, political life was remarkably stable and organized up to the 1798 rising. Only Irish Protestants were admitted to parliament, and undertakers, local agents of the Lord Lieutenant, managed their votes carefully. Even within the Irish Protestant community, which supported the union with Britain, a discourse critical of the imbalance of the relationship emerged, within which Poland could occasionally be used to advantage.

Keywords: Bernard Connor; Ireland; Irish Protestants; Poland-Lithuania; Theobald Wolfe Tone

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