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Introduction

Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

in Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036519
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038827 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036519.003.0001
Introduction

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This book explores Bernard Shaw's presence in the developmental progression of militant socialism in Ireland from the 1890s to nearly 1920. Shaw's participation was an integral presence in the key developments towards the time of the Irish revolution. His participation included the influence of his reputation, his direct contributions, and—perhaps key to the study—the effects they provoked from others. In other words, Shaw's presence in Irish radical debate was felt through not only his contributions, but also through the way he and his efforts were engaged by others. This book details Shaw's impact on the development and evolution of what became militant socialism in early twentieth-century Ireland. Shaw's participation in the radical debate in Ireland proved critically provocative, even when developments, that is, the militant road, disagreed with his approach and stance.

Keywords: Bernard Shaw; militant socialism; Ireland; Irish revolution; radical debate

Chapter.  2144 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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