SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Patrick West

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April 14, 2016
The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards Oneworld, £14.99 The 1916 Easter Rising has always been held in renown, and infamy, for its religious rhetoric and symbolism. It was an event suffused with the language of sacrifice, blood-letting, martyrdom and rebirth. Its timing was
March 31, 2016
History’s People by Margaret MacMillan Profile, £14.99 Whether history is shaped principally by personalities or impersonal forces is a debate that has occupied historians for centuries. As Margaret MacMillan, author of Nixon in China and Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919, asserts from the outset, it is clearly a combination of the two. But,
January 28, 2016
The Irish in Manchester: 1750-1921 by Mervyn Busteed Manchester University Press, £75 The mass influx of Irish into Britain in the middle of the 19th century provoked what journalists today would call a “moral panic”. Indeed, the inundation aroused fears that still resonate. Like modern-day Eastern Europeans, the Irish were accused of under-cutting the wages of
December 10, 2015
The artist Banksy has long been venerated by the chattering classes for his “daring” and “provocative” work. For many people, particularly those on the Left, Banksy hails from the French tradition of Situationism, of transforming radical ideas into street art, in order to challenge the Establishment and to awaken the lumpen proletariat from its consumerist
March 12, 2015
The Ranters were a libertine religious movement renowned for their advocacy of free love
January 29, 2015
Tom Reilly takes to task the perception that Cromwell was villainy personified
June 11, 2010
... it just extends the old one, says Patrick West, who looks at Christianity's influence on the game ahead of the World Cup