The Politics Of James Connolly

The Politics Of James Connolly

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Born in 1868 and executed by the British in 1916 for his role in the Easter Rising, the work of Irish national hero James Connolly has long been misunderstood. From Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein, to conservative Irish nationalists and the Church, many groups have claimed Connolly as their own, his ideas and strategies used and distorted to justify particular political positions.

Kieran Allen breaks this mould, assessing the founder of the Irish Marxist movement ideas from a revolutionary socialist perspective. Allen considers the strengths and weaknesses of Connolly's revolutionary strategy, the effect of his commitment to international socialism on his nationalist loyalties and arguing that, ultimately, Connolly's enduring relevance derives from his anti-imperialism. Any socialist movement today ignores this book at its peril.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 280g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745304737
  • 9780745304731
  • 1,561,686

Table of contents





1. The Formative Years

2. Building the Irish Socialist Republican Party

3. A Socialist Republican

4. Connolly in America

5. Labour in Irish History

6. 1910-1914: The Tumultuous Years

7. War and the Collapse of the Second International

8. The Road to 1916

9. The Socialist Movement after Connolly

10. Conclusions



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About Kieran Allen

Kieran Allen is a sociology lecturer at University College Dublin. His books include Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism (Pluto, 2011) and Max Weber: A Critical Introduction (Pluto, 2004) as well as a number of works on Irish society and politics.
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