Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World: Six Months That Changed the World

by Margaret MacMillan, Richard Holbrooke

Random House Publishing Group | December 18, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World: Six Months That Changed the World is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize

Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time in history, was an American president, Woodrow Wilson, who with his Fourteen Points seemed to promise to so many people the fulfillment of their dreams. Stern, intransigent, impatient when it came to security concerns and wildly idealistic in his dream of a League of Nations that would resolve all future conflict peacefully, Wilson is only one of the larger-than-life characters who fill the pages of this extraordinary book. David Lloyd George, the gregarious and wily British prime minister, brought Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes. Lawrence of Arabia joined the Arab delegation. Ho Chi Minh, a kitchen assistant at the Ritz, submitted a petition for an independent Vietnam.
For six months, Paris was effectively the center of the world as the peacemakers carved up bankrupt empires and created new countries. This book brings to life the personalities, ideals, and prejudices of the men who shaped the settlement. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China, and dismissed the Arabs. They struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews.
The peacemakers, so it has been said, failed dismally; above all they failed to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have unfairly been made the scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. She refutes received ideas about the path from Versailles to World War II and debunks the widely accepted notion that reparations imposed on the Germans were in large part responsible for the Second World War.
A landmark work of narrative history, Paris 1919 is the first full-scale treatment of the Peace Conference in more than twenty-five years. It offers a scintillating view of those dramatic and fateful days when much of the modern world was sketched out, when countries were created—Iraq, Yugoslavia, Israel—whose troubles haunt us still.


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Published: December 18, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0307432963

ISBN - 13: 9780307432964

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book The most comprehensive book regarding the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles. You live the events like you were there. You witnessed Woodrow Wilson changing from idealism to pragmatism, Canadian PM Robert Borden being involved in the negotiations, French President Clémenceau always asking more from Germany, etc...
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley Essential Detailed, and readable, this is likely the best account of the Paris Peace Conference and the creation of the treaty of Versailles, and the dominating characters who made it happen. this is the story of the creation of the treaty that would change the world forever.
Date published: 2007-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from History This book depicts the days in Paris after World War I, that saw President Woodrow Wilson and other world leaders rehape the world.One month after the war ended, there was a Paris Peace Conference. Everyone is mortified by the millions of deaths, and people are in desperate need of hope. This book explains how Paris became a lead city among the world.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mandatory Read In Understanding the Political... Paris 1919 was able to assist me in understanding in a much better way, the polical map of the last 80+ years in Europe, et al and again understand the root of many of the problems we have wittnessed during the 20th century and continue to at this time. It really is interesting to read of the mind set of some countries 88 years ago and how little has changed in their international stance on issues today I found the author wrote with clarity as a result of a complete understanding of her subject. Her pedigree offers even further legitimacy if it was ever required. Although I have a few critical thoughts of the books, they are of a personal style and do not detract from the book as a whole. Highly recommend as a must read for poli-sci students.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Demonstrates the relationships between the world leaders who changed the world and formed the comming events of the 20th century. Dispells the idea that reparations imposed on Germany were the casue of WWII and demonstrates how the personalities of four men changed human history forever. Absolute must read for history buffs and curious minds alike.
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HemaParekh This is one of the best books that looks deeply into the historical/political details surrounding the peace conference...it reminds you that politicians are humans, or in some cases, immature.
Date published: 2006-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rousing Read Paris 1919 is a crystal gem of a book, perfect in and of itself, and a joy to behold. The author has taken a subject that should be tedious, and turned it into a page turner. This is attributable to her extremely high standard of written English, and her mastery of the subject. Beyond the readability of Paris 1919, she has made a forceful case to reconsider much of the conventional wisdom about the Versailles settlement. She does this by putting the peace settlement firmly in the times in which it occured, showing some of the current event swirl around the event. The only criticism I would make is that the author descends at times into a gentle anti-Americanism that does not do complete justice to either Woodrow Wilson or the US in general.
Date published: 2003-07-09

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Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World: Six Months That Changed the World

by Margaret MacMillan, Richard Holbrooke

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: December 18, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307432963

ISBN - 13: 9780307432964

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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize

Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time in history, was an American president, Woodrow Wilson, who with his Fourteen Points seemed to promise to so many people the fulfillment of their dreams. Stern, intransigent, impatient when it came to security concerns and wildly idealistic in his dream of a League of Nations that would resolve all future conflict peacefully, Wilson is only one of the larger-than-life characters who fill the pages of this extraordinary book. David Lloyd George, the gregarious and wily British prime minister, brought Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes. Lawrence of Arabia joined the Arab delegation. Ho Chi Minh, a kitchen assistant at the Ritz, submitted a petition for an independent Vietnam.
For six months, Paris was effectively the center of the world as the peacemakers carved up bankrupt empires and created new countries. This book brings to life the personalities, ideals, and prejudices of the men who shaped the settlement. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China, and dismissed the Arabs. They struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews.
The peacemakers, so it has been said, failed dismally; above all they failed to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have unfairly been made the scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. She refutes received ideas about the path from Versailles to World War II and debunks the widely accepted notion that reparations imposed on the Germans were in large part responsible for the Second World War.
A landmark work of narrative history, Paris 1919 is the first full-scale treatment of the Peace Conference in more than twenty-five years. It offers a scintillating view of those dramatic and fateful days when much of the modern world was sketched out, when countries were created—Iraq, Yugoslavia, Israel—whose troubles haunt us still.


From the Hardcover edition.