Document Type

Article

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This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

5.6 POLITICAL SCIENCE

Publication Details

Economy and Society, Volume 10, Issue 3, 1981. DOI: 10.1080/03085148100000015

Abstract

Marx and Engels's writings on Ireland are usually associated with their positive support for Irish nationalism. This article seeks to examine the extent and depth of their knowledge of Ireland, politically and economically, by focusing attention on Marx's analysis of post-famine agricultural readjustment. Comparing the latter's comments in Capitaland elsewhere with actual developments, it is suggested that Marx and Engels's understanding was less than accurate. The source of their misinterpretation lies principally with their inadequate analysis of tenants, agrarian capitalism, and land fever