Understanding the Present

2002

Historian Margaret MacMillan’s books — including The War That Ended Peace and Paris 1919 — are required reading for policy makers trying to understand the influence of past events on modern international relations. A leading interpreter of the First World War, MacMillan is committed to emphasizing the importance of history in the round, in all its aspects. She taught at Ryerson University while writing her first acclaimed book and later moved to the University of Toronto and University of Oxford. She is also an advocate of historians sharing their expertise with the public as a way to keep politicians from misusing history for their own ends.

Her writing has helped readers understand that just as historical wars were not inevitable, modern conflicts are not inevitable either.

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