Marx-Engels Correspondence 1872

Engels To Sigismund Borkheim

Source: Marx and Engels on Ireland, Progress Publishers, 1971;
Transcribed: by Andy Blunden.

Beginning of March 1872

Sorge is very naive to demand a book on Ireland written from our standpoint. For the last two years I have been intending to write one, but the war, the Commune and the International have brought everything to a standstill. Meanwhile I recommend the following books to Sorge:

1. The Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland by Prendergast. London, Longmans, Sec. Ed. 1870-71.

2. Memoir on Ireland by O'Connell. London — Duffy, 1869.

For the main historical events

3. The Irish People and the Irish Land by Isaac Butt. London-Ridgway.

This is all for the present.

However simple the Irish problem may be, it is nevertheless the result of a long historical struggle and hence has to be studied. A manual explaining it all in about two hours does not exist.