If you want to understand how a Liberal cabinet decided to take Britain to war two days before the German invasion of Belgium, over the protests of a considerable peace movement, read Douglas Newton's eloquent The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914. But the sad truth is that in September 1914 Britain had only a choice of bad outcomes. Sitting pretty on top of the world, she had more to lose and less to gain from a great war than any other European player – whether she joined in or kept out.
While whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald have helped expose the extent of NSA surveillance, Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the War on Terror says that they have encouraged legalistic debates and missed the centrality of racism. Kundnani and Deepa Kumar, a Rutgers professor and author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, co-presented a talk on Race, Surveillance and Empire at the Socialism 2014 conference in Chicago, in which Kundnani drew connections between national security surveillance and the history of empire.