Epilogue
Shelley in Ireland
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The epilogue points the way forward to the development of class relations in the nineteenth century and the increasing importance of the relationship between Britain and Ireland. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s pamphlet, An Address to the Irish People (1812), made the case that the working classes of Ireland and Britain had a common cause in their need to overthrow tyranny in order to advance the cause of justice and equality. Shelley was an unusual pioneer in making these connections and understanding that historical processes united people beyond their immediate context. The political arguments advocated in his later writings are informed by his understanding of the interconnected nature of Britain and Ireland, and a wider sense of global injustice that would become apparent to more writers in the nineteenth century.

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