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

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

byRichard Holbrooke, Margaret MacMillan

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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.


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Winner of the Samuel Johnson PrizeWinner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman PrizeWinner of the Duff Cooper PrizeBetween 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 wi...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get this Book and THE WAR THAT ENDED PEACE: THE ROAD TO 1914 This book and THE WAR THAT ENDED PEACE: THE ROAD TO 1914 by the same author will help you understand why WWI started and what its implications were after the fact.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably detailed #plumreview The book that gives a pretty comprehensive look at the post-World War I treaty negotiations that reshaped Europe and beyond. Shows how the best of intentions (The League of Nations, self-rule) can lead to unintended consequences (rampant Nationalism, World War II).
Date published: 2016-11-03
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 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