The Conversation with Margaret MacMillan, author of War: How Conflict Shaped Us

“There are always new fields to explore in history.”

— Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan, author of War: How Conflict Shaped Us

We reached out to Canadian historian and bestselling author Margaret MacMillan, one of the major living historians of war, based in Oxford, England and Toronto, Canada. She’s the author of the new book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us (2020), which was named one of the “10 Best Books of 2020” by the New York Times.

In addition to being an authority on the First World War, Margaret MacMillan is the great-granddaughter of David Lloyd George who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during that war.

The new book examines the many surprising ways in which war has influenced human society. Drawing on lessons from wars throughout the past, from classical history to the present day, MacMillan reveals the many faces of war—the way it has determined our past, our future, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves.

What is your biggest hope for the United States of America in 2021?

“That you all start talking to each other civilly and remembering that you are so fortunate to live in a great country.”

Enjoy more of our Q&A with Margaret MacMillan, plus a video in which she discusses how the lessons of history can help the world recover from the COVID-19, at The Conversation.

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