Over decades Marilyn Young shared her wisdom about issues of “war and peace” with students, colleagues, friends and the wider public. An extraordinary historian and a razor-sharp critic, she was able to convey the urgency of these matters to multiple generations and by so doing strengthened the impetus to activism.

Her effectiveness in linking the complexities of policy with the human consequences of official decisions underpinned her long career. While many left historians abandoned the study of “powerful white men” for the more appealing vistas of social history, Marilyn Young stayed with it. Recognizing the propensity for war and intervention, she was determined to track it—with her pen, computer, and distinctive voice.

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