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Utopia Dystopia: The Irish left and Soviet Russia, 1917-43

Monday, 22 January 2018, 6:30 – 8pm

Utopia Dystopia:  The Irish left and Soviet Russia, 1917-43

Immediately following the February 1917 revolution in Russia, Irish Labour identified with the Petrograd Soviet because it opposed the world war and supported the principle of national self-determination. Contact with the Bolsheviks was established after the October revolution and the Irish Labour delegates sided with the pro-Bolsheviks at the international socialist conference at Berne in February 1919.  However, the foundation of the Comintern, and the related emergence of a far-left in Ireland, led Labour to distance itself from Russia, and Irish links with the Bolsheviks became confined to communist, Larkinite, and republican groups. Moscow would shape the politics of Irish socialism and left republicanism in the 1920s and 1930s, and the history of its several, successive affiliates tells us much about centre-periphery relations within the Comintern and the character of Comintern influence on the smaller communist parties.

Emmet O’Connor studied at University College Galway and St John’s College, Cambridge. Since 1985 he has lectured in History in Ulster University. Between 1983 and 2001, he co-edited Saothar, and is an honorary president of the Irish Labour History Society. He has published widely on labour history, including Reds and the Green: Ireland, Russia, and the Communist Internationals, 1919-43 (UCD Press, 2004); Big Jim Larkin: Hero or Wrecker? (UCD Press, 2015), and Derry Labour in the Age of Agitation, 1889-1923 (Four Courts Press, 2016). At present he is working on a study of the Irish in the International Brigades.

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Campus LocationThomas Davis
Accessibility: All levels
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)

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