No, this is not the novel! Our journey will begin by examining war; what it has done to us and for us, how it has helped human civilization to grow, and the terrible price we have paid for that growth throughout our human history. Guiding our discussion is Margaret McMillan, in her book War: How Conflict Shaped Us (Random House, 2020). She will help us discover how war has determined our past and present, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves. We will then reverse course and join Oliver P. Richmond as he explores both the theory and practice of peace in his book Peace: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2014). How has the concept of peace evolved? What are our modern assumptions about peace and its various interpretations and applications, and how will these influence our future? Join us for a lively examination of these important aspects of our human journey.