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    James Connolly: Myth and Reality (Review)


    Larragy, Joe (1988) James Connolly: Myth and Reality (Review). Saothar - Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 13. pp. 49-53. ISSN 0332-1169

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    Abstract

    This essay in review challenges an account of the life and ideas of Irish Marxist James Connolly offered by Austen Morgan to the effect that James Connolly, after spending most of his life as an active socialist, made a 'transition' to nationalism. The alternative interpretation offered is that Connolly's hiberno-socialism was always a hybrid of nationalism and socialism at the heart of which lay the idea that the Irish nation was always more truly embodied in its most oppressed class. Innovative as this analysis was, it was also weakly underpinned analytically, and limited as a guide to action. It is contended that Connolly's ultimate involvement in the 1916 rising was not for him a case nationalist conversion but a desperate effort to challenge the British Empire in a time of war as a possible contribution to international socialism

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Review; James Conolly; Myth and Reality; Nationalism; Socialism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 11192
    Identification Number: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23196018
    Depositing User: Mr Joe Larragy
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 16:18
    Journal or Publication Title: Saothar - Journal of the Irish Labour History Society
    Publisher: Irish Labour History Society
    Refereed: Yes
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