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.
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 Peace, Peacemakers: 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.
Tuesday 7 August
Join us for the launch of the special issue of the magazine Transition on "Bla(c)kness in Australia", bringing together the voices and artwork of diverse Bla(c)k writers, artists, poets, and scholars in Australia.
Thursday 6 September
An esteemed panel will discuss how the testimony of Holocaust survivors is used today and the problems, questions and opportunities it presents to people grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust.
Monday 10 September
For the 2018 J.M. Ward Memorial Lecture, Professor Bill Schwarz will discuss the fallout from Brexit and the evolution of a new English nation.