History in the Modern World: What Canadians Can Learn About the Future from Our Past
Our history and that of the country we live in determines in many ways our view of the world and how we make decisions. The old adage that, Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it, is well accepted as being an obvious truth, and yet people’s understanding of their personal history and that of their country is so often strongly influenced by the political and in many places the religious ideology of that point in time. In Canada we have a strong identity based at least in part on how we interpret our history, but is that identity shared by others around the world?
Anyone who is interested in how the future of Canada will play out will be interested in this very special Empire Club event where one of the world’s most renowned historians, in conversation with one of the most successful broadcasters and commentators of the past decades, dive into how Canadians can better understand their future by having a good grasp on the events and leaders who got us to where we are today.
Dan Snow is a historian, broadcaster, television presenter, and ambassador for English Heritage. Dan is host of one of the world’s most listened to history podcasts, and founder of a new history channel, historyhit.tv. He regularly works with the BBC and The ONE Show.
Born and raised in London, England, Dan remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches and alongside visiting Canadian historic landmark. Half Canadian, half English, Dan developed a great love of history while studying at Oxford and immediately started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow, notable BBC Broadcaster. Their series, Battlefield Britain, won a BAFTA award.
He has written or contributed to several books including On this day in history, Death or Victory; the story of the siege of Quebec in 1759, The World’s Greatest Twentieth Century Battlefields and most recently The Battle of Waterloo Experience.
Dan is a proud ambassador and champion for English Heritage, a UK based charity, that uniquely cares and looks after over 400+ historic sites across England and tells the story of England and its world history, as and where it happened.
Peter Mansbridge, OC, is a renowned television news anchor, journalist and columnist. A widely respected journalist, Peter Mansbridge was the face of CBC News for nearly 30 years. As the chief correspondent and lead anchor of The National from 1988 to 2017, he won 12 Gemini Awards for broadcast excellence, including the Gordon Sinclair Award for best overall broadcast journalist in 1990 and 1998.
His other honours include two Canadian Screen Awards, numerous honorary degrees and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. He has also been inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Peter is deeply passionate about the importance of history, heritage and recently worked with Dan Snow on the CBC programme Royal Wedding for the Ages 2018.
The speeches are free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.