Penguin Canada

September 2020



War: How Conflict Shaped Us

Margaret MacMillan

In War, acclaimed historian and Baillie Gifford Prize recipient Margaret MacMillan analyzes the tangled history of militarized conflict and society—and our complex feelings towards it. She explores how changes in society have affected the nature of war and how wars have changed the societies that fight them. The book contains many revelations, such as how war has often been a catalyst for science and innovation and in the 20th century it did much for the position of women in society. But it also forces us to reflect on how war is intertwined with society, and why we choose to fight.