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    Socialist Republican Discourse and the 1916 Easter Rising: The Occupation of Jacob's Biscuit Factory and the South Dublin Union Explained


    Arrington, Lauren (2014) Socialist Republican Discourse and the 1916 Easter Rising: The Occupation of Jacob's Biscuit Factory and the South Dublin Union Explained. Journal of British Studies, 53. pp. 992-1010. ISSN 1545-6986

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    Abstract

    The events of the Easter Rising have been subjected to extensive analysis by historians who have focused on military strategy as a means of explaining the occupation of specific sites. However, Jacob’s Biscuit Factory and the South Dublin Union have proven resistant to this paradigm. The political value of both places can be understood by giving close attention to the long history of antagonism between these two institutions and the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, out of which the Irish Citizen Army that fought in the rising was formed. In his articles for the Irish Worker and Workers’ Republic, James Connolly adapted traditional republican discourse of economic emancipation through political sovereignty to address a contemporary urban context. An understanding of the way that this discourse functioned facilitates an understanding of the role of Jacob’s Biscuit Factory and the South Dublin Union in the Easter Rising: as sites of actual and symbolic liberation. This analysis of popular discourse in the contemporary press offers a new approach to the study of events that have been termed the Irish Revolution, and it presents a model for understanding the way that republican discourse accommodated the very different political objectives of Irish separatists.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Socialist Republican Discourse; 1916 Easter Rising; Occupation; Jacob's Biscuit Factory; South Dublin Union; Explained;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 12902
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2014.116
    Depositing User: Lauren Arrington
    Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 11:44
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of British Studies
    Publisher: The North American Conference on British Studies 2014
    Refereed: Yes
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