War and the Making of the Modern World


Royal Society of Tasmania August Lecture

Start Date

10th Aug 2018 6:00pm

End Date

10th Aug 2018 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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Presented by

Professor Margaret MacMillan

Professor of History, University of Toronto,  
Emeritus Professor of International History at the University of Oxford,
Xerox Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs.

War is deeply woven into human history.  Organised society and conflict appear to have marched side by side, each affecting the other. Wars have changed societies in many ways but changes in society have also affected the nature of war. We remember war, rightly, for its destructive impact but it has also led to advances in science, to improvements in the position of previously marginalized groups such as women or to greater equality. This lecture will examine some of the paradoxes of war drawing on examples from history. Since it is a century since the end of the Great War particular attention will be paid to its causes and consequences. 

Margaret MacMillan was educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford. She was a member of Ryerson University’s History Department for 25 years, Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2007 and Warden of St Antony’s College and Professor of International History, University of Oxford from 2007 to 2017. Her research specializes in British imperial history and international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her publications include Paris, 1919: Six Months that Changed the World, Nixon in China: the Week that Changed the World, The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 and History’s People: Personalities and the Past. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Companion of Honour (UK).

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