Monday 24 October 7:00 - 9:00pm
GEOFF BELL - HESITANT COMRADES: THE IRISH REVOLUTION AND THE BRITISH LABOUR MOVEMENT
Geoffrey Bell's Hesitant Comrades is teh first published history of the policies, actions and attitudes of the British working class towards the Irish national revolution of 1916-21. Drawing principally on primary sources, Bell brings to light for the first time important incidents in British/Irish history, including how the leaders of British trade unions were complicit in Belfast loyalist sectarianism; the troubled nature of the Labour Party's relations with its Irish community; and how the Bolsheviks criticised British Marxists over their inaction on Ireland. The author also looks at socialist debates on the compatibility of Irish nationalism with socialism and the contentions 'Ulster question'. Participants examined range from Ramsay MacDonald to Sylvia Pankhurst.