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Radicals and the RepublicSocialist Republicanism in the Irish Free State 1925-1937$
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Richard English

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202899

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202899.001.0001

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Class Struggle and Coercion, 1930–1932

Class Struggle and Coercion, 1930–1932

(p.124) 2 Class Struggle and Coercion, 1930–1932
Radicals and the Republic

Richard English

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines coercion and class struggle in the Irish Free State during the period 1930–1932. The 1930s started with a fierce debate concerning social radicalism within the republican movement. In November 1930, Irish Republican Army chief of staff Moss Twomey published a draft constitution titled The Sovereignty of the People: Suggestions for a Constitution for an Irish Republic. In this draft constitution, Twomey supported the view that the nation or community life possessed extensive rights over natural resources and economic life. Twomey's proposal sparked a series of heated debates focusing on the issue of private property.

Keywords:   class struggle, coercion, social radicalism, republican movement, Moss Twomey, Irish Republican Army, community life, private property

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