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Challenging the State

John Mulqueen

The 1970s was a transitional decade for Ireland in which new social movements emerged and the state acted decisively against movements which were prepared to use lethal violence within the jurisdiction.
Dec 17, 2012, 21:05 PM

The Beat on the Streets

David McKechnie
From Phil Chevron of the Radiators to Stompin’ George Verschoyle spinning rockabilly hits at the Magnet Bar, it is the evocations of the Dublin music scene that stand out in a new miscellany of pieces on the city’s social and cultural history.
Dec 17, 2012, 20:42 PM

Strong Hand, Beloved Leader

Maurice Earls

A hoard of letters written by Germans to Hitler show a people keen to abdicate their responsibility and infantilise themselves, but they do not indicate any great enthusiasm for either Nazi ideology or territorial aggression.

Dec 17, 2012, 19:04 PM

Labour Waits

Padraig Yeates

Irish socialism was divided and weak in the early decades of the twentieth century, while the axis of trade union solidarity ran through Dublin and Merseyside, not Dublin, Belfast and Cork.
Dec 17, 2012, 18:28 PM

Clash of the Titans

Thomas Boylan
The pragmatism associated with JM Keynes derives from a sustained optimism in the capacity of intelligence to inform and influence correct responses to a crisis. Hayek’s market morality reflects an altogether more pessimistic view of human behaviour.
Dec 17, 2012, 14:34 PM

Celebrating Uncertainty

Patrick Lonergan
What emerges clearly is a sense of Friel’s international importance. A chapter comparing him to Osborne and Storey liberates his plays from some of the confines that Irish scholarship restricts him to, showing clearly the universal significance of his work.
Dec 17, 2012, 14:16 PM

Just Make Do

Tom Inglis
With the slow death of God and religion, and the unsatisfactory nature of philosophy or what postmodernists call grand narratives, the beauty and pleasure of everyday life may be the only thing people can hold onto.
Dec 17, 2012, 13:00 PM