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The Politics of James Connolly

The Politics of James Connolly

by Kieran Allen

Why has the work of James Connolly, leader of the Easter Rising, Marxist and Irish national hero, been so misunderstood?
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 Fáil and Sinn Féin, 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.

Kieran Allen is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. His books include 1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition (2016) and The Politics of James Connolly (2016).

'A concise, clear and readable account of Connolly’s politics' - Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
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
Published by Pluto Press in Jun 2016
Paperback ISBN: 9780745304731

135mm x 215mm