Postwar era filled with empty words
We should be wary of the corrupting potential of speech integral to armed struggle, writes John-Paul McCarthy
Tony Judt's great history of modern Europe, Postwar (2005), was really an analysis of a paradox.
The "very scale of the collective misery that Europeans had brought on themselves in the first half of the century had a profoundly de-politicising effect: far from turning to extreme solutions ... the European publics of the gloomy post-World War Two years turned away from politics."
We may well be in the midst of a similar process as the Northern Ireland nightmare fades into the middle distance.