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Thinking about war

Event #1238
Thinking about war

Sunday, May 27, 2018

12:15 - 13:15
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Riddell Centre - RC 170 University Theatre

Big Thinking
Who can attend: 
General public
This open event is hosted by: 
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

War — its imprint in our lives and our memories — is all around us, from the metaphors we use to the names on our maps. As books, movies or television series show, we are drawn to the history and depiction of war. Nevertheless, we like to think of war as an aberration, as the breakdown of the normal state of peace. This is comforting, but wrong. War is deeply woven into the history of human society societies. Join Margaret MacMillan as she analyzes the tangled history of war and society and our complicated feelings towards it and towards those who fight. This lecture will explore the ways in which changes in society have affected the nature of war and how in turn wars have changed the societies that fight them, including the ways in which women have been both participants in and objects of war.

Margaret MacMillan is Professor of History at the University of Toronto and former Warden of St Antony’s College and Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. Her books include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2001); Nixon in China: Six Days that Changed the World and The War That Ended Peace (2013). Her most recent book is History’s People: Personalities and the Past.

Simultaneous interpretation available.