Ireland

Paul Cockshott wpc at clyder.gn.apc.org
Thu Mar 30 14:41:23 MST 1995


Louis seems to have decided what he wants the history
book to tell him before he reads it.

What you ought to be looking for is to understand how
the capitalist mode of production developed, relatively
unevenly in Ireland. By international standards, Ireland
in the mid 19th century was one of the most industrially
developed parts of the world with a textile industry
that was within 50% of the size of the English one.

By the late 19th century it was a world leader in
heavy engineering and ship building. Remember where
the Titanic was built.

To compare Ireland in the 19th or 20th centuries with
Africa in economic terms is grotesque.

In economic terms, Ireland was part of the manufacturing
heartland of the empire, exporting to India, the Argentine
etc. But this development was geographically and religiously
uneven. It was concentrated around Belfast and Dublin, and
the greater part of the Bourgeoisie was of protestant religion.
The Catholic middle class, developing later, for long under
the restraint of the test acts, had little stake in this
industrial development. The 'under development' of Ireland
was the under development of but a section of the bourgeiosie.



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