Thomas Carlyle

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Robespierre. “Even the most extreme Irish Greens have little in common with the Montagnards of revolutionary Paris, I know, except perhaps for the commitment to ideological purity and a disdain for the compromises of electoral politics” Musée Carnavalet, Paris

I don’t know if recent events in the Green Party can be considered a Thermidorian Reaction, exactly, but it’s the right time of year for it anyway. Th(...)

William Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy wrote of the daffodils that it ‘seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them’. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

For a poem synonymous with solitude, William Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud was a surprisingly collaborative affair.  It was not the p(...)

Joint Nobel Prize winner in economics, Esther Duflo,  at MIT on October 14th. Photograph:  Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty

In 1847 the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle referred to economics as the dismal science because of the opposition of economists to slavery. Econom(...)

Theresa May’s limitations have been cruelly exposed at almost every turn of the Brexit process. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

‘The history of the world is but the biography of great men,” wrote Thomas Carlyle. But the discrediting of the Great Man theory of history – the redu(...)

  Ireland might   want to look to Denmark, which was ranked number one on the UN’s World Happiness Index for 2013, 2014, and 2016.  Photograph: iStock

The 19th century Scottish writer and philosopher Thomas Carlyle famously called economics “the dismal science”. But much has changed in economics over(...)

Émile Zola: began ‘Germinal’ on April 2nd, 1884, and finished in time for publication the following spring

‘April is the cruellest month,” claimed TS Eliot in The Waste Land, although the things he blamed it for – the blooming of both flowers and sexual des(...)

The Reading Room at the London Library in St James’s Square, London, in 1954: the library is the world’s largest independent lending library. Photograph:  Monte Fresco jnr/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

St James’s Square, between Pall Mall and Piccadilly, is the venue this weekend for a one-off literary festival, featuring some of the biggest names in(...)

Vikings: the television series stars Gabriel Byrne and Travis Fimmel

It is a scene familiar from every primary-school history book. A horde of long-haired, sword-wielding, fearsome-looking foreign marauders run amok (...)

The filming of a real murder trial in Scotland brought with it the clear and obvious danger that the resulting documentary The Murder Trial (Channel 4(...)

The Luas bridge at Taney junction is named the William Dargan Bridge after the man who built the Harcourt Street line

Take the train to Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Belfast or Derry and you are travelling on lines built largely by William(...)