Margaret MacMillan

Recorded at Incite at VPL on Friday, March 28, 2014.

At Incite on March 28, 2014, Margaret MacMillian appeared before a full-house of 300 to talk about her book The War that Ended Peace, a riveting account of the events leading up to The Great War, a war that “followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope.” How, then, and why, did Europe walk into such a cataclysmic conflict that would rage for four years? While many experts argue the war’s inevitability, MacMillan disagrees, and lays out in expert detail the choices leaders made, or neglected to make, all the while emphasizing how peace could have prevailed. In the words of General Romeo Dallaire: “Above all, [MacMillan] reminds us that…nothing is inevitable and there are always choices to be made that can lead us to achieve conflict prevention.” Macmillan’s is a powerful message during any age, but perhaps especially in ours.

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Margaret MacMillan is the author of Paris 1919, Nixon and Mao, and Women of the Raj. She has won the Duff Cooper Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, a Silver Medal for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Governor-General’s prize for nonfiction. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, MacMillan is the Warden of St Antony’s College and a Professor of International History at the University of Oxford.