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Imperialism: not personal, just business

Frank Coughlan


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Later this month, President Michael D. Higgins will host the latest in his series of Machnamh 100 lectures in the Aras. ‘Ireland and Empire’ is the mouth-watering theme. Photo: Maxwells

Later this month, President Michael D. Higgins will host the latest in his series of Machnamh 100 lectures in the Aras. ‘Ireland and Empire’ is the mouth-watering theme. Photo: Maxwells

Later this month, President Michael D. Higgins will host the latest in his series of Machnamh 100 lectures in the Aras. ‘Ireland and Empire’ is the mouth-watering theme. Photo: Maxwells

Imperialism is one of those dirty words thrown around to cover a multitude of historical ills. It’s hard to resist and the arguments are irrefutable.

Unless, that is, you’re a Bertie Wooster Tory or a historian like Niall Ferguson who, in his eminently readable book Empire, tried to explain away many of its sins.


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