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andymccoy

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I'll read just about anything that might be interesting and love to learn about new things.

In Search of Ireland's Heroes: The Story of the Irish from the English Invasion to the Present Day

In Search of Ireland's Heroes: The Story of the Irish from the English Invasion to the Present Day - Carmel McCaffrey A great introduction to Irish history from the time of English colonization. More interesting than the history is the lessons it should have taught most western colonial powers. Invading and occupying foreign country with no understanding of the culture, a belief in the superiority of your own culture, and the forcible removal of indigenous people from land that is then granted to foreigners. This is the story of colonialism and neo-colonialism. The Romans did it, the British did it, the French and Italians did it, and now America is practicing its own version of it. Unsurprisingly, it always ends in violence, and generally for similar reasons. Failing to truly understand circumstances as they are is always a recipe for atrocity, conflict, and eventual failure.