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The Irish Catholic "thing"

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 06:38 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated October 18th, 2014 at 06:47 PM by Gile na Gile

Anyone who hasn't read them the novels of James Joyce can be viewed as an extended meditation on the private lives of Dubliners - Bloom in particular in Ulysses is a fascinating depiction of 'Everyman' and all the assorted junk that passes un-sifted through his mind. Like a walking billboard being bomb-barded with extraneous advertising jangles.

Interesting too that 1914 marks the break of Jung with Freud and reminds us of the astonishing popularity psycho-analysis enjoyed throughout...
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Religion and the Irish Conflict

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 06:04 PM by Gile na Gile
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Some allow their own deeply held faith to colour their perceptions of what's happening during the Irish revolutionary period and perhaps my agnosticism colours mine but I can write to assure that the war fought by the Volunteers in Ireland was predominantly concerned with achieving self-government in the form of a Republic - religion playing little or no part in their calculations. The catholic bishops themselves disapproved of it and some of them even threatened ex-communication for nationalist...
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From Jacobite to Jacobin: The Birth of Irish Republicanism

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 03:32 PM by Gile na Gile
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The "Glorious Revolution" (so-called) was above all a constitutional innovation which disbarred Catholics from ever ascending the throne. It also copper-fastened a parliamentary Bill of Rights which ensured no re-occurrence of absolutist monarchy, associated in English minds at least with the Catholic reign of James II. Well to do Irish Catholics received their education abroad during this time and many served as soldiers in Catholic French armies fighting wars coloured by Reformation...
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The Positive Spirit of Nationalism

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 08:49 AM by Gile na Gile
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Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog

The history of nationalism is a complex subject which has spawned many theoreticians perhaps the most influential of whom nowadays are Benedict Anderson, Gellner or Hobsbaum, all of whom, particularly the latter, coming from a Marxist...
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Home Rule vs. the Proclamation - Was it worth it?

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 08:27 AM by Gile na Gile
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Some wars seem more intrinsically justified than others - obliterating Hitler for instance, the American colonists war with George III, Lincoln's fight against the South; powerful arguments can be arrayed in support of all these conflicts which I, knowing what I know now, would gladly take up arms had I been alive then to fight them. Others, more proximate in time are less conclusive. You could argue that long-time Washington ally Saddam received mixed signals and simply assumed he'd the 'go-ahead'....
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