I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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The Rebound

Germany’s rapid bounceback from the destruction of 1945’s ‘Zero Hour’

Bearing the Burden

Historians’ role in excusing the brutalities of empire-building

Ulster Will Fight

Inter-communal violence in the early years of Northern Ireland

Reds under the Bed

How the secret police bedded in communism in postwar Central Europe

Spanish Sketches

Orwell and the Spanish anarchists: not judging murder too severely

They Heard the Call

A history of Ireland’s main Catholic seminary has a much wider focus than the merely institutional

Voices from the Chorus

Given the historical amnesia that prevails, Katrina Goldstone’s account of the activity of Irish left-wing writers in the Thirties is something of a revelation.

Webs and Networks

In popular imagination, the Arts and Crafts movement is indelibly linked to well-known figures like William Morris, John Ruskin and Edward Burne-Jones.

No Myth No Nation

A state will be at a loss if it doesn’t know where it came from.