Revolution in Ireland: Popular Militancy 1917-1923 / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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"A stirring, celebratory account that fully succeeds in establishing the tremendous scale of working-class revolt, both in the countryside and in the towns. Strikes, general strikes, occupations and demonstrations, were all an important part of the years from 1917 to 1923, and future studies of the period will ignore this dimension of the period at their peril."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859184486
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Conor Kostick is an award-winning author of both history and fiction. He holds a Ph.D. and gold medal in history from Trinity College Dublin, where he currently teaches.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index

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