VTU Review: Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences
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Two Irishmen and the 1863 Polish Uprising


Authors:
Katarzyna Gmerek Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, Poznań, Poland

Pages: 42-50
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54664/FWOK9817

Abstract:

In January 1863, an uprising started in all parts of the former Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania that had been annexed by Russia. The uprising was of particular interest to Irish nationalists, who made a number of parallels with the Irish situation and used Polish examples in their political discourse. Two Irish politicians visited Poland at that time: William Smith O’Brien, a former leader of Young Ireland, and the young Tory M.P. for King’s County, John Pope-Hennessy. This article discusses their visits and compares and contrasts their personalities and political views. It examines relevant aspects of the historical context by using both Polish archival sources and coverage by Irish nationalist periodicals.

Keywords:

January Uprising 1863, Irish-Polish relations, John Pope-Hennessy, William Smith O’Brien, nineteenth-century Irish nationalism

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