Is History Any Use in International Relations?

On April 20, 2010, Dr. Margaret MacMillan, a prominent contemporary historian, delivered the Distinguished Lecture in Modern International History entitled “Is History Any Use in International Relations?”. In her remarks, Dr. MacMillan argued that history is useful in international relations for the insight it provides as to the motives, hopes, and fears of key players and actors. Dr. MacMillan also cautioned against drawing on history to mobilize hatred and prejudice or to justify unreasonable claims.