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Margaret MacMillan

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MacMillan is the warden of St Antony’s College and a professor of international history at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World, among other titles, and was the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson Prize. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; a senior fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto; and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and of St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. She was a finalist for this year’s BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction.

Margaret MacMillan is shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for her book The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, published by Allen Lane Canada.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner will be announced at the Politics & the Pen Gala in Ottawa on April 2.
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EXCERPT: The War That Ended Peace

One hundred years after the event there is still no agreement on how or why the war started. Explanations range from national rivalries to arms races, focus on policies such as alliances and arms races, or seek to assign responsibility to particular powers or individuals.
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