History's People: Personalities & The Past, Lecture 1
In the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures, the great Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan explores some of the 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. **This episode originally aired November 2, 2015.
Leadership comes in many shapes. What should we make of Otto von Bismarck, the maker of modern Germany? Brilliant, ruthless and cynical, he was feared by most and hated by many. But he was effective.
William Lyon Mackenzie King? For all his sins of prevarication and dullness, he held the centre, keeping the country united against challenges from both right and left.
And Roosevelt? FDR gave Americans confidence in themselves and hope for the future.
Watch Margaret MacMillan on the art of political persuasion in this excerpt from the web series and TV special "The Art Leading"
- Watch the 6-part series on YouTube
- Download Margaret MacMillan's CBC Massey Lectures on iTunes
- History`s People: Personalities and The Past is published by House of Anansi Press.