On this day, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia around noon. Historian Douglas Newton, author of The Darkest Days, writes in the Guardian how "Britain itself was provocative; on 28 July, the fleet was ordered to "War Stations", before news of a Balkan war. The following day its "Warning Telegram" was sent across the empire, two days before the comparable German proclamation."
On Monday 27 July, war was just wind in the rafters. A week later, on Monday 3 August, Liberal Minister Sir Edward Grey would make the case in the House of Commons for British intervention in a European war. The next day, Britain would declare war. How did it happen that the last great Liberal Cabinet in British history chose war so quickly in 1914?
Xenophobia Blog Series
. This is the first instalment of a series of pieces published on our blog by leading voices on the current and alarming force of Xenophobia - the fear of "strange and foreign" identities.
“The terrible results of the European elections were not a crash of thunder in a calm sky. They are a particularly worrying step in a downward spiral that has accelerated in recent months.” This is how the sociologists Luc Boltanski
and Arnaud Esquerre see the recent results from the European elections. Together Boltanski
and Esquerre discuss the aftermath of the European elections and the rise of the Front National Party—an economically reactionary, socially conservative, and xenophobic nationalist political party—in France.
Berfrois interviews Simon Critchley, discussing the themes of political pessimism, inhibition, shame, love and psychoanalysis, examined in his and Jamieson Webster’s book The Hamlet Doctrine. Continue reading for a short extract of the interview and a link to an excerpt from the book, published on the Berfrois website, as well as a link to the full interview.
Scotland is gearing up for another round of voting to decide its future. On referendum day, voters will head to voting booths to solve the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" What does this vote mean for the left and what is the historical roots to this question? Chris Bambery
, author of A People's History of Scotland
, gives a brief and striking history of this "Scottish Question".