Archive for December 14th, 2009

Interview: Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú, TCD

14 December 2009

Interview date: 1 September 2009

What book do you wish you had written?
A.J.P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War. This is the book that inspired me as a teenager to pursue my interest in history.

What would you do if you were not a historian?
I was a late recruit to academia after trying my hand in a number of different areas – journalism in the Far East; political officer for the UN in Bosnia; running my own business. I enjoyed all these jobs and more recently I’ve developed an interest in media work.

When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?
Last term – checking some dubious reference in an undergraduate essay. Read More

Interview: Dr Eamon Darcy, TCD

14 December 2009

Interview date: 15 May 2009

What book do you wish you had written?
Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms. Simply awesome; an exhilarating account of one man’s personal beliefs that challenged the social and political order of sixteenth century Italy. His steadfast refusal to retract his opinions and the underhand dealings in his local community that brought about his execution makes for captivating reading.

If not, then I would have written the Bible, I am sure I would copyright it properly in order to live off the royalties

What would you do if you were not a historian?
Write scripts for CSI Miami;

Setting: Westminster Cathedral Read More