Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

The War That Ended Peace
with Margaret MacMillan

Hosted by CBC's Laurence Wall
"The War that Ended Peace tells the story of how intelligent, well-meaning leaders guided their nations into catastrophe. These epic events, brilliantly described by one our era’s most talented historians, warn of the dangers that arise when we fail to anticipate the consequences of our actions.
— Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
Margaret MacMillan - Photo courtesy of Rob Judges

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen?


Beginning in the early nineteenth century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian and international bestselling author Margaret Macmillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions, and just as impor­tant, the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. 


Join us for a masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path towards war and a conversation that will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in history.


Books by participating authors available on-site. A booksigning will follow each event.


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