Jesse Tumblin is a historian of the British Empire, ideas of race and security, and the politics of militarization. He teaches in the History Department at Duquesne University, and is the author of The Quest for Security: Sovereignty, Race, and the Defense of the British Empire, 1898-1931. He has also served as a Confirmation teacher in the Episcopal Church, and his other writing has appeared in The Washington Post. He enjoys baking, the Tennessee Volunteers, and other doomed causes.
One answer from Kingsnorth’s fiction lies in limits. No human, nor all of us put together, is sovereign over the fate of the world, despite the unprecedented power we enjoy over life and death within it.