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|Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:32 pm Post subject: Lenin on the Easter Rising
|Lenin's seminal work IMPERIALISM had been published in 1916. In it he explained how the imperialist nature of World War One was tied in with the final stage of capitalist development.
Rival powers would divide and redivide the world in a way that would spawn colonial struggles against the oppression of those imperial overlords.
True enough national revolts broke out in the German Cameroons in 1914, Nyasaland in 1915, French Indochina, Dahomey and Niger in 1916. Many other African countries rose up the following year.
Yet the Easter Rising in 1916 had ramifications across the Empire. The Chittagong rising in India and the rebellion in Egypt drew on the Irish example. And Dan Breen's MY FIGHT FOR IRISH FREEDOM was translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Burmese -and banned each time round!
The British ruling class knew what was at stake. Prominent imperialist Henry Wilson said, "If we lose Ireland we have lost the Empire."
Lenin saw the potential for the working class. He added that a "blow delivered against British imperialist rule" by a rebellion in Ireland is "of a hundred times greater political significance than a blow of equal weight in Asia or Africa." Rebellions of oppressed nations such as Ireland would "sharpen the revolutionary crisis" in Europe.