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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318078

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317774

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Mission in Decline

Mission in Decline

(p.347) Twenty-Seven Mission in Decline
Wolfe Tone
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on decline of Theobald Wolfe Tone's mission to obtain French support for a revolution in Ireland. It discusses the impact of the death of Louis Lazare Hoche and the successful coup d'état which ushered in a more cynical French Directory on the prospect of Tone's mission. It explains that the established communication channels were disrupted by Hoche's death and that the idealism and internationalism which helped in his 1796 negotiations with the French had been eliminated in the new regime.

Keywords:   Theobald Wolfe Tone, revolution, Ireland, Louis Lazare Hoche, coup d'état, idealism, internationalism, French Directory

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