Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Writers Week presents experts on "the war to end all wars"

2014 Writers Week presents two experts on ‘the war to end all wars’


As part of a year of commemorations of the outbreak of World War I, the New Zealand Festival is pleased to host two of the finest military historians during Writers Week, 7-12 March.

On Saturday 8th March British-based professor Margaret MacMillan will discuss her latest book, The War that Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War which has been described by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as “one of the finest books I have ever read on the causes of World War I”.

On 12th March The Great Adventure will be brought to life in a special event at the Film Archive when Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Chris Pugsley will narrate film footage from WWI with live musical accompaniment.

MacMillan is Warden of St. Antony’s College and Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. Her books include Women of the Raj and international bestsellers Nixon in China and Peacemakers: The Paris Conference 1919 and its Attempt to End the War - “The story of Europe’s diplomatic meltdown has never been better told” (The Spectator). She won the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize for Peacemakers. In her latest book, MacMillan argues that the WWI could have been avoided up to the last minute, and examines why Europe walked into this catastrophic conflict.

Pugsley is one of New Zealand’s leading military historians. A former Army officer, he resigned from the military shortly after writing his first book on Gallipoli to dedicate himself to a career as a historian. He has been a consultant to Maurice Shadbolt for Once on Chunuk Bair, taught military history at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and led field trips to the battlefields of Europe.

His publications include Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story (shortlisted for the Watties New Zealand Book of the Year 1984) and The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War (shortlisted for the Templer Medal 2005, Finalist in History, Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2005).

The Uses and Abuses of History: Margaret MacMillan
8 March 10.45am at Embassy Theatre
Tickets $18

The Great Adventure Ends: Christopher Pugsley
12 March 1.45pm at Embassy Theatre
Tickets $18


Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

ALSO:

Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news