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Representing the Famine: The Lacunae of Revisionism

Posted March 31st, 2015 at 07:34 AM by Gile na Gile
Updated March 31st, 2015 at 07:37 AM by Gile na Gile

First of all let's banish the idea that there are Irish history teachers nowadays frothing at the mouth attributing all Ireland's ills to successive waves of British colonisation. While this may have been the case in the past - particularly the first few decades after independence - times have changed and such stuff is seldom if ever seen today.

Ireland's earliest post-independence history teachers would have been products of the Gaelic Cultural Revival, invariably members of Sinn...
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John Mitchel and the English Chartists

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 07:52 AM by Gile na Gile
Updated March 31st, 2015 at 06:57 AM by Gile na Gile

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"Historians, however, are not in the business of echoing past propaganda or of endorsing the popular myths used to forge new nations. Revisionist historians have seen it as their special duty to explode such myths. But they must also seek a fuller understanding of the degree to which Mitchel’s enormously effective propaganda...
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Tory and Whig Responses to the Irish Famine

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 05:49 AM by Gile na Gile

The first thing to note is that the crisis confronting Peel and the Conservatives was of far more manageable proportions than that with which Russell and the Whigs had to confront in the winter of 1846/47. Whereas the first crop failure was partial in 1845 the following year was a disaster - the soup kitchens were only rolled out in early 1847 after the abysmal failure of the Whig's 1846 Labour Rate Act; jobbery, low pay, unwieldy bureaucracy, high grain prices and the absence of an integrated cash...
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Irish Water and the Commodification of the Commons

Posted February 16th, 2015 at 10:22 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated February 16th, 2015 at 10:35 PM by Gile na Gile

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Omission, distortion and minimization.

Only one thing on the average Irish person's mind that morning (Mon, Oct 13th) & that was the previous Saturday's 100,000 strong march against the commodification of our commons....
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Fairtrade conceived as a Species of Charity?

Posted February 16th, 2015 at 09:46 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated February 17th, 2015 at 02:32 AM by Gile na Gile

What is Fairtrade?

Y'know, if I were a smart young West African and given our region produces the raw material for half the world's chocolate I'd make it my life's goal to destroy Cadbury's, Hershey's and all the rest of them plucking up our cocoa beans on the cheap ...... I'd have a "No Bean leaves the Country unless its in a Chocolate bar" campaign.

At the turn of the century in Ireland, D.P. Moran and Arthur Griffith argued English manufacturers were strangling...
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