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The Makhnovist Movement And The National Question In The Ukraine, 1917–1921

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Irish syndicalism was amorphous, and contingent. It had a major and recognizable impact on Labour for two reasons. First, it seemed to answer the problem of how to unionize the mass of workers in an undeveloped economy. Secondly, it interacted with the redefinition of Labour in Ireland as an Irish Labour movement. The history of Irish trade unionism in the 19th century mirrored the country's uneven economic development. Supplying food and textiles to emergent industrial Britain and provisioning the transatlantic trade in the 18th century had stimulated an economic miracle in Ireland. The continuities in theme between Larkinism and the later syndicalism are remarkable, the more so as Big Jim Larkin was in the US between 1914 and 1923. In the public memory, the lockout is synonymous with Larkinism, and its raw class solidarity understood as a by-product of Dublin's appalling social conditions.

Keywords:Big Jim Larkin; industrial unionism; Ireland; Larkinism; syndicalism



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