Worthy attempt to patch up differences which divide us

The Undivided Past by David Cannadine. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

10th March, 2013
George W Bush: a proponent of the 'them and us' theory. Photo: Getty

The Undivided Past by David Cannadine


Ireland will soon be engulfed by a tsunami of centenary commemorations, starting with the anniversary of the 1913 Lock-Out this year, and followed by centenaries of numerous events, including the Easter Rising, World War I and the War of Independence. Lost among these centenaries will be an important thousandth anniversary: the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, when Brian Boru and his fellow Irishmen drove the Vikings from Ireland.

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