Tag Archives: History

Shehadeh, Raja: “Palestinian Walks”.

Through a series of what Palestinians call “sarhat”, or hill walks, Raja Shehadeh tells the tale of how his native Ramallah in the West Bank has changed over time. In his youth, before the 1967 occupation, he wrote of the … Continue reading

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Quinn, Michael: “Irish-Soviet Diplomatic And Friendship Relations 1917-1991”.

Umiskin press have published a timely account of Irish-Soviet relations in this the centennial year of the wholly unnecessary Russian Revolution. Quinn developed this book from a thesis that he had submitted to earn his PHD.  Ultimately, relations between Ireland … Continue reading

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Applebaum, Anna: “Gulag: A History”.

Applebaum excavated the brutal Soviet regime in which the levels of systematic and institutional violence inflicted on many of its citizens was incomprehensible. Individuals were not human beings that deserved their own human rights. Rather, they were used as pawns … Continue reading

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St. John Mandel, Emily: “Station Eleven”.  

On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in mid-July, I dropped back the latest batch of books that I had taken out from my local library and checked out “Station Eleven”. I devoured it by early Sunday evening! After 99.9% of the world’s population was … Continue reading

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E.H. Carr: “The Russian Revolution from Lenin to Stalin 1917-1929”.

Carr devoted thirty years of his life to writing the fourteen volume, two million words and arguably the definitive history of twentieth century Russia. This is his magnum opus distilled into two hundred pages. Carr, like Hobsbawn, had a leftist … Continue reading

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Hemingway, Ernest: “Across The River And Into The Trees”.

Hemingway was one of the very finest to do it, maybe the damn finest, as the man himself would say! He gave a voice to the inner thoughts of his characters like none before or since. I felt like I … Continue reading

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CuChulainn

I am fascinated by what values my Irish ancestors saw as worthy of mythologising. Having examined these, I believe they offer an insight into how we can improve in the future. Moreover, we have lost touch with some of our national identity. Should we … Continue reading

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