The internet is a black box into which people pour their lives, their photos and videos, their most private and intimate messages, their relationships and their finances and it’s not until something goes wrong that anyone even considers how the magic box works. And that’s a huge problem, and there’s probably nothing we can do about it.
For most British people European history stopped somewhere around 1950. The Europe most people have experience of is a continent in stasis, and it’s this that breeds complacency. We British are so used to getting on with our daily lives that it’s impossible to connect modern Europe to the tumultuous nation-states of the recent past.
It seems unfathomable to someone living in 2018 that Germany could be at war with France, or that Poland could be considered “virgin territory” ripe for invasion, or that European nations would step back as Czechoslovakia was subsumed under another country, but these events happened within a human lifetime, and will happen again if allowed to.