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A Labour History of Ireland 1824-2000

This is a new edition of Emmet O’Connor’s classic and pioneering work on Irish labour history, providing an introduction for the general reader and a synopsis for the specialist. The first edition, which covered 1824 to 1960, has been updated to 2000 with the inclusion of three new chapters on developments in the Republic and Northern Ireland. In addition to providing a challenging overview of labour’s past, O’Connor addresses industrial relations and political issues of contemporary relevance. He has taken full account of new research on Labour and argued that events in Ireland can only be understood in an international context. The text also features pen portraits of over fifty leading personalities of the left and the trade union movement. This book will be indispensable to undergraduates, labour activists, and those interested in labour’s place in modern Ireland.

358 pages

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Prologue ONE - For Trade and Parliament, 1824-48 TWO - Atrophy - The Unmaking of the Irish Working Class, 1849-88 THREE - New Unionism and Old, 1889-1906 FOUR - Larkinism and Easter Week, 1907-16 FIVE - Syndicalism, 1917-23 SIX - Unfinished Business, 1924-39 SEVEN - The Chronic Made Acute, 1939-45 EIGHT - Labour in Twain, 1946-59 NINE - Avoiding the Issue - Northern Labour, 1920-64 TEN - Modernism, 1960-87 ELEVEN - Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism, 1987-2000 TWELVE - Unity or Rights? Navigating the Northern Crisis, 1965-2000 Conclusion Bibliography Index.

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