A History of the Irish Working Class

A History of the Irish Working Class : (With a New Preface)

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'The curious but tangled relationship ... between labour and nationalism in Ireland has never been more clearly exposed.' Times Educational Supplement

`[A]ccessible and immensely readable ... with great relevance and poignancy.' Irish Studies Review

This modern classic of Irish history is an accomplished and readable synthesis. Subjects covered include the early 'communism' of the Celtic clans ; the role of the Church; the Irish aristocracy and their handover to Henry II; Wolfe Tone's rising and O'Connell's betrayal.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 29.21mm | 444.52g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised Edition, with a New Pr ed.
  • 074530009X
  • 9780745300092

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This modern classic of Irish history is an accomplished and readable synthesis of a mass of historical material and is essential to any understanding of the emergence and struggles of the working class in Ireland.
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Table of contents

Preface to first edition



Preface to 1996 edition



1 Celtic Communism



2 Feudalism



3 The Plantations



4 A Century of Unrest



5 The United Irishmen



6 Pioneers of Socialism



7 O'Connell - the Enemy Within



8 Marx, Engels and the Fenians



9 The People's War, 1879-82



10 The Rise of Organised Labour



11 The Dublin Lock-Out



12 'The Risen People'



13 The National Struggle



14 The Irish Free State



15 The Dictionary Republic



16 The Northern Revolution



Notes



Bibliography



Index
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Review quote

'The curious but tangled relationship ... between labour and nationalism in Ireland has never been more clearly exposed.' Times Education Supplement'Takes on where Connolly left off.' Paul Foot, New Statesman'Berresford Ellis shows considerable skill in his study of recent debates.' Irish Times
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About Peter Berresford Ellis

Peter Berresford Ellis has written over thirty books of history and biography, including The Scottish Insurrection of 1820 (Gollancz/Pluto Press) and A Dictionary of Irish Mythology. He is also the editor of James Connolly: Selected Writings (Penguin/Pluto Press) and the author of the bestselling novel The Rising of the Moon. He lives in North London.
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