Marx on nineteenth century colonial Ireland: analyzing colonialism as a social process
This article examines how Marx used his dialectical method of inquiry to unfold how colonialism was a social process that not only dominated all aspects of Irish society but that process evolved over time as Marx suggests in the following:
‘England has subverted the conditions of Irish society. At first it confiscated the land then it suppressed the industry by ‘Parliamentary enactments’, and lastly, it broke the active energy by armed force. And thus England created those abominable ‘conditions of society’ which enable a small caste of rapacious lordlings to dictate to the Irish people the terms on which they shall be allowed to hold the land and live upon it’ (Marx, Irish Question, 1971, p. 61).