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Civilising rural Ireland, the co-operative movement, development and the nation-state, 1889-1939, Patrick Doyle

The introduction of co-operative societies into the Irish countryside during the late-nineteenth century transformed rural society and created an enduring economic legacy. Building the Rural Civilization challenges predominant narratives of Irish history that explain the emergence of the nation-state through the lens of political conflict and violence. Instead the book takes as its focus the numerous leaders, organisers, and members of the Irish co-operative movement. Together these people captured the spirit of change as they created a modern Ireland through their reorganisation of the countryside, the spread of new economic ideas, and the promotion of mutually-owned businesses.Besides giving a comprehensive account of the co-operative movement introduction to Irish society the book offers an analysis of the importance of these radical economic ideas upon political Irish nationalism.--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction --1. The origins of co-operation in Ireland --2. A civilisation among the fields --3. Ireland in the New Century --4. Co-operation and life during wartime --5. The co-operative movement and the War of Independence --6. A Co-operative Commonwealth in the Free State? --Conclusion --Index
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non fiction
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