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Summary The Lost Revolution

Anism in the s and 's through the Workers' Party's eventual rejection of irredentism A roll call of influential personalities in the fields of politics The Lost PDF or trade unionism and media many still In 1975 the Official IRA and Sinn F in had a bright future They had broken with reactionary Catholic nationalism and Provisional terrorism declared a ceasefire with the British state and launched themselves on a course to build a revolutionary party that sought to lead the struggle of a working class united across sectarian lines for the abolition of capitalism and a secular socialist republic in Ireland Today the Workers Party the organizational descendent of the Official IRA survives as a tiny blinkered Stalinoid sect with most of its talented cadre having deserted socialism decades agoBut the line to today was not straight and narrow Hanley and Millar s detailed accesible and exhaustively documented history shows the present importance of the attempted revolution that the Official IRASinn F inThe Workers Party launched in the early 1970s The leadership and membe

Summary ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Brian Hanley

The Lost Revolution

The story of contemporary Ireland is inseparable from the story of the official republican movement a story told here for the first time from the clash between Catholic nationalist and socialist republic A fascinating read full of frankly jaw dropping stories about some of the major figures of left wing politics in Ireland today I really didn t know much about the history of Sinn Fein and the IRA so a lot of this book was revelatory The turn to Marxism the rejection of nationalism the Provo split Charles Haughey s role in that split and the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union all of the major points in the development of The Workers Party are detailed here I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of left wing politics in Ireland but my one criticism is that the book is a fairly straight forward maybe slightly old fashioned history There s not very much analysis The authors are clearly interested in presenting the facts than in making an argument but that s fine because the story they tell is so gripping that the book is never bor

Brian Hanley ✓ 9 Characters

Operating at the highest levels of Irish public life passed though the ranks of this secretive movement which never achieved its objectives but had a lasting influence on the landscape of Irish politics extremely interesting and absorbing in places The story of how the Official IRA managed to transform itself from a nationalist paramilitary into a communist party In the process subverts uite a few myths about Ireland It only really covers the time span until the split between Democratic Left and Workers Party though so there is nothing on the period between 1991 and the rpesent Also the notes at the back were uite unhelpful


9 thoughts on “The Lost Revolution

  1. says:

    fucking great read

  2. says:

    A fascinating read full of frankly jaw dropping stories about some of the major figures of left wing politics in Ireland today I really didn't know much about the history of Sinn Fein and the IRA so a lot of this book was revelatory The turn to Marxism the rejection of nationalism the Provo split Charles Haughey's role in that split and the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union all of the major points i

  3. says:

    I love all history on the IRA and revolutionary struggle in Ireland against British Imperialism However this book could and should h

  4. says:

    As far as I can tell thorough and balanced

  5. says:

    Eye openingA bit densely writtenBut a valuable history

  6. says:

    In 1975 the Official IRA and Sinn Féin had a bright future They had broken with reactionary Catholic nationalism and Provisional terrorism declared a ceasefire with the British state and launched themselves on a course to build a revolutionar

  7. says:

    Absolutely fascinating read that describes an Ireland that is almost totally unrecognisable now one where a republican group associated with the IRA well one of the IRAs could become a staunchly marxist anti republican even anti nationalist movement filled with some of the most senior personnel in today's Ireland The authors describe a genuine belief in all the activists that Ireland could and would be transformed into

  8. says:

    This one taught me a lot My knowledge of the Officials was very limited when I started reading other than they ended up s

  9. says:

    extremely interesting and absorbing in places The story of how the Official IRA managed to transform itself from a nationalist paramilitary into a communist party In the process subverts uite a few myths about Ireland It only really covers th