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This book provides a great deal of detail on working-class militancy between 1917 and 1923. It stresses the large scale and considerable impact of mass action and labor activism, challenging traditional interpretations that focus almost exclusively on the role of armed groups. There is a full account of the strikes, factory occupations and land seizures that shook Irish society. It details popular involvement in the struggles of those years, paying particular attention to the socialist and trade union movement.
This revised edition consists of a comprehensive rewrite that updates the work in the light of recent publications and the release of new archive materials. In particular, this new edition includes new eyewitness accounts from the archives of the Bureau of Military History including the testimony of notable trade union activists, an extension of the account of the mutiny of the Connaught Rangers (28 June 1920), and extra information on Michael Collins’ intelligence system.
Preface to the Second Edition
1) Prelude to Revolution: 1913-1917
2) 1917-1918: The Growing Discontent
3) Revolution and Sectarianism
4) The Limerick Soviet
5) Repression and Resistance
6) Workers in the War of Independence
7) Labour, Nationalism and Unionism
8) From Truce to treaty
9) Syndicalism and Civil War
Notes and References