Historian Margaret MacMillan is the choice for the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures. She’s known for her belief that individuals can impact history. This year’s five-part lecture “explores some of the great people — good and bad, dreamers, explorers and adventurers — who have shaped their times and ours. One historian’s view of the people of the past who have intrigued, horrified or engaged her. Some of these great figures have changed the course of history and even directed the currents of our time. Others are memorable for being risk-takers, adventurers, or observers…. History’s People is about the important and complex relationship between biography and history, individuals and their times.”
The cross-country lectures begin next week (in New Brunswick). However, there is no Quebec stop this year. The five lectures will be broadcast on CBC Radio the week of November 2, but if the topic interests you, get a head start by reading some of her books. Find these on Lennoxville Library shelves:
- The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace For The First World War (2014, filed at 940.31)
- Paris 1919 (2002, at 940.3)
- Nixon In China: The Week That Changed The World (2006 at 327.73)
- Stephen Leacock (2009 at 928.21), a short and sobering biography of the Canadian humourist.
— September 17, 2015