Why the first world war wasn’t really

The world—or, at least, those parts of it that participated in the original events—has recently taken great interest in the first world war. Its almost casual beginning, between June 28th 1914, when the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Bosnian nationalist and the first days of August, when Germany declared war…

Augustine and anarchy: A thinker for troubled times | The Economist

Augustine and anarchy: A thinker for troubled times | The Economist Which great minds of the past can we turn to for guidance as the year of Our Lord 2014 beckons, with all its perils and opportunities? Well, if you flick through any basic history of Western thought, chances are that Augustine of Hippo will…