Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Joseph F. Patrouch

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Rebecca Friedman

Third Advisor's Name

Lara Kriegel

Date of Defense



Connor was an Irish-born member of seventeenth-century English medical society who made an impact on medicine through his use of anatomy. This forward-thinking scientist also worked as a court physician for the Polish king John III Sobieski (1629- 1696) and published a history of that country.

This thesis will examine Bernard Connor's 1698 publication The History of Poland to show that the Commonwealth was considered a vision of a progressive European parliamentary government that could serve as a model for a struggling English parliamentary government, thus supporting Larry Wolff and Maria Todorova's vision of the later eighteenth-century creation of the idea of a backward "eastern Europe."



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