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When Ireland Went Red

When Ireland Went Red


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One hundred years ago Ireland was a very different country. Revolution was in the air as the Irish people fought for independence. But the revolution wasn't just about politics. Inspired by the Russian Revolution, a militant working class took to the streets and joined trade unions to fight for trier jobs and better conditions. That fight included a wave of workplace occupations and Soviets across the country where workers took over and ran their factories and farms. Ireland had never seen anything like it before. This book documents eleven of the Soviets which sprang up in Ireland between 1918 and 1923. Red flags were a regular sight during these years. In a revolutionary period politics, nationalism and trade unionism became entwined. The Soviets both thrives and struggled as the country emerged from its civil war, the treaty with Britain and eventual independence. This is a story of another Ireland, not well known, but in its own way just as important for the development of Ireland's working class
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