Collins is long dead

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Ireland

Going to university in October 1979, the “what if?” questions began with history that was contemporary. “What if Jim Callaghan had gone to the country in October 1978 and, as would have been likely at that point, had won the general election? It was a question that was to be asked many times in the decade that followed.

There were many other “what ifs?” to intrigue any group of history students. What if the Japanese had not attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the United States had not entered …