Is War Actually a Great Boon for Humanity? An Interview With Historian Margaret MacMillan

After a career spent writing about military conflict, historian Margaret MacMillan has written a work exploring the benefits that war can bring to mankind. She's far from a warmonger, but recognizes that conflict can be a powerful impetus for innovation, social spending, and of course sacrifice

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MacMillan. “We respond to catastrophe, but we are not very good in peacetime.”
MacMillan. “We respond to catastrophe, but we are not very good in peacetime.” Credit: David Levenson / Getty Images
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In his State of the Union address in February 2019, President Donald Trump referred to the Americans who took part in the D-Day invasion of France in June 1944. “Everything that has come since – our triumph over communism, our giant leaps of science and discovery, our unrivaled progress toward equality and justice – all of it is possible thanks to the blood and tears and courage and vision of the Americans who came before,” he declared.

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