Civilising rural Ireland: The co-operative movement, development and the nation state, 1889-1939

Civilising rural Ireland: The co-operative movement, development and the nation state, 1889-1939

by Patrick Doyle

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Overview

The introduction of co-operative societies into the Irish countryside during the late-nineteenth century transformed rural society and created an enduring economic legacy. Building the Rural Civilization challenges predominant narratives of Irish history that explain the emergence of the nation-state through the lens of political conflict and violence. Instead the book takes as its focus the numerous leaders, organisers, and members of the Irish co-operative movement. Together these people captured the spirit of change as they created a modern Ireland through their reorganisation of the countryside, the spread of new economic ideas, and the promotion of mutually-owned businesses.Besides giving a comprehensive account of the co-operative movement's introduction to Irish society the book offers an analysis of the importance of these radical economic ideas upon political Irish nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526124562
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Patrick Doyle is Hallsworth Research Fellow at the University of Manchester

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The origins of co-operation in Ireland

2 A civilisation among the fields

3 Ireland in the New Century

4 Co-operation and life during wartime

5 The co-operative movement and the War of Independence

6 A Co-operative Commonwealth in the Free State?

Conclusion

Index

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