Ireland and the Irish Question

Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Publisher:  Progress Publishers, Moscow
Year Published:  1971
Pages:  519pp   Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX11583

Brings together all of Marx's and Engels' writing on Ireland in one volume.

Marx and Engels demonstrate the significance of Ireland and its history and the consequences of its exposure to capitalist laws from England. The English domination of Ireland both economically and socially according to Marx and Engels resulted in the rapid capitalist growth of Britain. The impoverishment the Irish peasantry, they write, demands workers' solidarity in England with Ireland to make a socialist revolution in both countries possible.

An analysis of Ireland and its oppressed populace requires an examination of capitalist laws of production and development and how the industrial growth of Britain left the Irish underdeveloped and in poverty. The example of Ireland led Marx and Engels to further develop their analysis of colonialism and the social, economic and national oppression it entails, as well as the workers' resistance that is required to end it.

The book consists of various works by both Marx and Engels related to Ireland and its situation. The sections vary in length and deal with various aspects of Ireland's political, social and economic landscape. There is also stress on the political discourses of England and discussion of how the issues of the Irish are addressed outside the nation.

The first section of the book deals with excerpts from various published works by both Marx and Engels in which both authors look at political issues in both Ireland and England.

The second section includes letters between Marx and Engels as well as to others in the workers' movement like Ludwig Kugelmann, Paul Lafargue and Eduard Bernstein. The letter excerpts that make up the majority of the book separate again into sections of time periods from 1867 to 1868, 1869 to 1872, 1877 to 1882 and 1885 to 1894. The book concludes by providing a supplement section that provides a background to various political events referred to in Marx and Engels' writing. There is also an elaborate notes section and name and subject index for those interested in specific aspects of the Irish question.

[Abstract by Purushoth Saravana]

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