What historical topic have I changed my mind on? Colonialism. I now know that it had no redeeming features.
What historical topic have I changed my mind on? I thought the sacrifice of young women in the Bronze Age was a myth. It wasn’t.
Why am I a historian of Irish politics? I grew up in 1970s Belfast, where contested versions of history were literally written on the walls.
Which person in history would I most like to have met? Mihri Hatun, a poet of Ottoman Bursa, who dared to state that a clever woman was worth 1,000 incompetent men.
Which person in history would I most like to have met? Karl Marx. You’d have to know the right questions to ask, though.
‘Those in power tend to dictate the way history gets written.’
‘I’d like to go back to midnight on 1 January 1863, when the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.’
‘Great leaders are much less in control of events than people imagine.’
‘The more I read, the more I change my mind.’
What’s the most exciting field in history today? The history of political thought.