Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World

Voorkant
Random House, 2003 - 570 pagina's
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 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 idealistic in his dream of a League of Nations that would resolve all future conflict peacefully, Wilson is only one of the characters who fill the pages of this book. David Lloyd George, the 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.
 

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A fabulous book. Hard to put down. An important read to understand the Europe of today. Looks at the important treaties after World War I and how the personalities (Wilson, Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Orlando) shaped them. Volledige review lezen

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World War I shaped the history of what followed from the armistice in 1918 through the current day. This masterful and even-handed study of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 is invaluable to ... Volledige review lezen

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Getting ready for peace 1 Woodrow Wilson Comes to Europe
3
First Impressions
17
Paris
26
Lloyd George and the British Empire Delegation
36
A new world order
51
We Are the League of the People
53
Russia
63
The League of Nations
83
Czechs and Slovaks
229
Austria
243
Hungary
257
A troubled spring 21 The Council of Four
273
Italy Leaves
279
Japan and Racial Equality
306
A Dagger Pointed at the Heart of China
322
setting the middle East alight 25 The Greatest Greek Statesman Since Pericles
347

Mandates
98
the balkans AGain 9 Yugoslavia
109
Rumania
125
Bulgaria
136
Midwinter Break
143
the German issue
155
Punishment and Prevention
157
Keeping Germany Down
166
Footing the Bill
180
Deadlock Over the German Terms
194
Between East And west 17 Poland Reborn
207
The End of the Ottomans
366
Arab Independence
381
Palestine
410
Atatürk and the Breaking of Sèvres
427
finishing up 30 The Hall of Mirrors
459
Conclusion
485
Appendix Woodrow Wilsons Fourteen Points
495
Bibliography
497
Notes
513
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Over de auteur (2003)

Margaret MacMillan received her Ph.D. from Oxford University and is provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto. Her previous books include Women of the Raj and Canada and NATO. Published as Peacemakers in England, Paris 1919 was a bestseller chosen by Roy Jenkins as his favorite book of the year. It won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize and was a finalist for the Westminster Medal in Military Literature. MacMillan, the great-granddaughter of David Lloyd George, lives in Toronto.


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