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Plebeian freethought and the politics of anti-colonial solidarity: Irish Buddhists in imperial Asia

Cox, Laurence (2010) Plebeian freethought and the politics of anti-colonial solidarity: Irish Buddhists in imperial Asia. Fifteenth international conference on alternative futures and popular protest. .

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Abstract

This paper explores the politics of a remarkable, if minor, conjuncture in world history. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Ireland saw a combination of (partially) successful land reform pushed by massive peasant resistance and a (partially) successful breaking away from the world's leading imperial power. This dramatic transformation, with few parallels close in place or time, was closely associated with processes of ethno-religious sectarianism and intensifying conflict between a declining Anglo-Irish imperial service class and a conservative Catholic nationalism, which marginalised labour and women's movements as well as alternative cultural discourses.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Plebeian freethought; politics of anti-colonial solidarity; Irish Buddhists; Imperial Asia;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 2200
Depositing User: Dr. Laurence Cox
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2010 13:13
Journal or Publication Title: Fifteenth international conference on alternative futures and popular protest.
Publisher: Manchester Metropolitan University
Refereed: Yes
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