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Margaret MacMillan

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The Fulcrum of History: Margaret MacMillan, Sir Max Hastings and Peter Frankopan on the War in Ukraine

Intelligence Squared

Sign up for Intelligence Squared Premium here: https://iq2premium.supercast.com/ for ad-free listening, bonus content, early access and much more. See below for details.What are the lessons that history can teach us about the Russian war in Ukraine? Recently three of Britain’s most distinguished and bestselling historians – Peter Frankopan, Sir Max Hastings and Margaret MacMillan – came to the Intelligence Squared stage in London to share their insights into the conflict. In conversation with BBC news presenter Jonny Dymond, they examined how politicians and commentators have been using and abusing history to justify their positions on the conflict. How has President Putin been invoking the past to rally support among the Russian people for his actions? Is Putin a 21st-century Hitler who should be defeated at all costs? And as he threatens to use nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory, what lessons can we learn from brinkmanship during the Cold War?…We are incredibly grateful for your support. To become an Intelligence Squared Premium subscriber, follow the link: https://iq2premium.supercast.com/ Here’s a reminder of the benefits you’ll receive as a subscriber: Ad-free listening, because we know some of you would prefer to listen without interruption  One early episode per week Two bonus episodes per month A 25% discount on IQ2+, our exciting streaming service, where you can watch and take part in events live at home and enjoy watching past events on demand and without ads  A 15% discount and priority access to live, in-person events in London, so you won’t miss out on tickets Our premium monthly newsletter  Intelligence Squared Merch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

28 Oct 2022

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The Bridge: Encore Presentation - Margaret Macmillan On Whether We Are Already In A World War

The Bridge with Peter Mansbridge

Today an encore presentation of an episode that originally aired on March 22nd. One of the world's most celebrated historians, Margaret Macmillan, puts the Ukraine war in context -- is it already a world war?  And Brian Stewart drops by with his regular Tuesday commentary on what is missing in the coverage of the war.

40mins

1 Aug 2022

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War and the Modern World: Margaret MacMillan

Ideas

Award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan delivers a lecture entitled, War and the Modern World, examining the relationship between conflict and modern society. The virtual talk was part of the International Issues Discussion (IID) series, a student-led forum at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. *This episode originally aired on Oct. 26, 2021.

54mins

15 Jul 2022

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The Bridge: Encore Presentation - Margaret Macmillan On Whether We Are Already In A World War

The Bridge with Peter Mansbridge

Today an encore presentation of an episode that originally aired on March 22nd. One of the world's most celebrated historians, Margaret Macmillan, puts the Ukraine war in context -- is it already a world war?  And Brian Stewart drops by with his regular Tuesday commentary on what is missing in the coverage of the war.

41mins

11 Apr 2022

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Margaret Macmillan On Whether We Are Already In A World War

The Bridge with Peter Mansbridge

One of the world's most celebrated historians, Margaret Macmillan, puts the Ukraine war in context -- is it already a world war?  And Brian Stewart drops by with his regular Tuesday commentary on what is missing in the coverage of the war.

41mins

22 Mar 2022

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Margaret MacMillan: History won't give us the answers, but can help us ask questions – Episode 17

Simoncast

Historian and author Margaret MacMillan talks about finding commonalities with historical figures, gaining humility from studying history, and lessons that are likely to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

45mins

12 Jan 2022

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War with Margaret MacMillan

Warfare

Every century of recorded history has featured a war. In this episode, Margaret MacMillan joined Dan Snow to discuss the ways in which war has influenced human society. They discussed how, in turn, changes in political organisation, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

23mins

28 Jul 2021

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England's got a new Queen with Margaret MacMillan

We Didn't Start the Fire: The History Podcast

It's 1953 and Britain and the Commonwealth are still recovering from the war, when the King dies. Princess Elizabeth finds herself thrust onto the throne at the age of 27, and so a new era began. Katie and Tom are joined once again by the wonderful historian Margaret MacMillan to talk coronation chicken, surprise guests, and that ruby-encrusted dress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

5 Jul 2021

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Margaret MacMillan, "War: How Conflict Shaped Us" (Random House, 2020)

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society

“…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”-Isaiah 2:4The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity’s history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject, not least because it brings out both the vilest and the noblest aspects of humanity.Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. War: How Conflict Shaped Us (Random House, 2020) explores such much-debated and controversial questions as: When did war first start? Does human nature doom us to fight one another? Why has war been described as the most organized of all human activities? Why are warriors almost always men? Is war ever within our control?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. Renee Garfinkel, Ph.D. is a psychologist, writer, Middle East television commentator and host of The New Books Network’s Van Leer Jerusalem Series on Ideas. Write her at r.garfinkel@yahoo.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-technology-and-society

36mins

28 Jun 2021

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H-Bomb with Margaret MacMillan

We Didn't Start the Fire: The History Podcast

The hydrogen bomb. A nuclear threat bigger and badder than any atomic bomb that came before it. How close did the USA and Soviet Union come to global annihilation during the Cold War? Very. And renowned historian and wonderful storyteller Margaret MacMillan is here to tell us why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

10 May 2021

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