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War and the modern world

Examining the paradoxes, causes and consequences of war
World-renowned Canadian historian Professor Margaret MacMillan examines some of the paradoxes of war, drawing on examples from history since the end of the Great War.

War is deeply woven into human history. While its destructive impacts are irreparable, war has also contributed to a brighter future. It has led to advances in science, improvements for marginalised groups such as women and greater equality.

Wars have changed societies in many ways but changes in society have also affected the nature of war. In this lecture world-renowned Canadian historian Professor Margaret MacMillan examines some of the paradoxes of war, drawing on examples from history. Since it is a century since the end of the Great War, Professor MacMillan will pay particular attention to its causes and consequences.

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 6 August 2018. 

The Speaker: 

Professor Margaret MacMillan is a Canadian historian. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Companion of Honour (UK). Professor MacMillan is author of The War that Ended PeacePeacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World, and The Uses and Abuses of History. From 2007-17, she was the warden of St Antony's College, a world-renowned centre for research and teaching in global and regional issues, and a professor of international history at the University of Oxford. She is also the author of international bestsellers Seize the Hour: When Nixon Met Maoand Peacemakers: The Paris Conference 1919 and its Attempt to End the War, which won the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize.

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