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‘The Active Propaganda of Socialist Agitation’: Strands of Land and Social Reform in Ireland and the Highlands

Andrew G. Newby

in Ireland, Radicalism, and the Scottish Highlands, c.1870-1912

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623754
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623754.003.0013
‘The Active Propaganda of Socialist Agitation’: Strands of Land and Social Reform in Ireland and the Highlands

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The years immediately following the ‘Kilmainham Treaty’ were, for the radical Glasgow Irishmen, simultaneously frustrating and ripe with opportunity. Michael Davitt's desire to keep the banner of the ‘Land for the People’ flying in Scotland was realised in the years after 1882, but it was not until April 1887 that he returned in person to the Highlands, indicating the importance of the urban agitation to the overall plans of the radicals. Land remained his preoccupation, and in March 1883 he described the growth of the ‘Scotch Land League’ as an offspring of the Irish movement, again highlighting the difference between his private thoughts and his public pronouncements. With the Welsh also stirring he claimed that the fight against landlordism was confined to the ‘Celtic race’.

Keywords: Kilmainham Treaty; radicals; Michael Davitt; urban agitation; Scotch Land League; Glasgow Irishmen

Chapter.  15198 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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