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Six Months That Changed the World

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919
Narrated by: Dr. Margaret MacMillan
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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The world will never see another peace conference like the one which took place in Paris in 1919. For six months, the world's major leaders - including Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States, David Lloyd George, prime minister of Great Britain, and Georges Clemenceau, prime minister of France - met to discuss the peace settlements which were to end World War One.
©2003 Margaret MacMillan (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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100 years since the Paris Peace Conference

Time for a retrospective on the Great War and there can be no finer guide than Margaret Macmillan. For anybody interested in the history of Europe in the 20th century this course offers an unrivalled perspective on the seismic events which followed the Armistice. A beautifully calibrated assessment which educates the reader in an articulate and persuasive way.
I was entirely fascinated by the events and learnt much about which I was previously ignorant. In my view this course is a masterpiece of erudition.

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Vital to listen to

This book is essential. If you want an understanding of how the world has taken the direction it has, give it a go - understanding the mechanics of WW1 is important, but the political decision s made afterwards are much more so. The author (and narrator) gets her points across welll - the book is well structured, beautifully read and benefits from multiple listenings. A really excellent choice.

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fascinating, accessible, very enjoyable.

It was fascinating, thought provoking and very accessible. The time flew by. Margaret Mac's masterclass. 10/10👍

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WW1 aftermath explained

I don't think I've ever learnt so much from one book. Knowing doesn't improve the chaos but is sure helps us understand the complexities and the what if's. That fuzzy WW1 part of my brain feels less fuzzy but still has a lot of questions.

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Brilliant and important history

Set of lectures by MacMillan who wrote longer book of the same name. As compelling as it is important to understanding the modern world, especially Europe.

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  • Jon
  • 05-04-10

Best Audible Title Yet

Dr MacMillan has a great voice. I felt like she was speaking to me - not reading a script. Excellent articulation and enunciation. I am finding myself listening to this one again and again, from different start points. My friends at work are amazed by how much I now know about this important event in modern history. If Dr MacMillan comes up with another title - I'm buying it. Wish I'd had professors as interesting as her in university...

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  • Utku
  • 17-08-09

Highly recommended

I especially liked the small anecdotes Prof. MacMillan inserts in between the events. Her analysis of the personalities involved in the conference together with those anecdotes gives a human perspective to the decisions made in Paris in 1919.

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  • James en Ariège
  • 22-12-11

Enlightening and well presented

A vital piece of history to understanding the world as it is today. Very well presented - nice pace and interestingly put. I listened to it a few months ago and only just realised that it comes with a pdf booklet of 65 pages which would be a good companion to the listening. Some maps in the booklet would be very helpful though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-11

History Without Equal

This is probably my favorite history lecture of all time. MacMillan condenses hundreds of hours of research into insightful paragraphs, and she reveals why much of the world, from Europe to Africa, to the Middle East, is the way it is today. I don't believe I have ever read a book so rich with insights in every paragraph. For those who have already purchased and read the book 1919 in hardback, I would view this book as a companion volume, not an audio version of the same book. The books are not the same, but rather the audio version expands upon the themes found in the 1919 book. This book creates a sort of infrastructure of European and Middle Eastern history, so current events can be more clearly interpreted. A must for any student of history. I can only hope the author chooses to lend her power of insight to other periods of history.

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  • Pierre
  • 23-03-09

Great Read

This is wonderfully entertaining - The content is informative, important, relevant and illuminating.

The author/narrator does a great job.

The text is an easy read, yet not simplistic.

Great book. Did you know that Czechoslovakia 'stole' the Sudetenland from Austria, giving Hitler a pretext to invade them twenty years later? Fascinating.

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  • Paul
  • 24-11-12

Riveting history of the aftermath of WW I

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The Guns of August is an account of the first month of WW I. You get into the trenches and keep your head down. With Six Months That Changed the World... you sit down at the negotiating table and see how much of the political geography of the modern world was shaped at the end of WW I.

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Excellent history of the aftermath of WW I. Professor MacMillan keeps things moving at a brisk pace and covers all the details. I downloaded this set of lectures to my iPod, plugged my iPod into the auxiliary jack of my car and into drove from Ashland, Oregon to San Francisco, CA. Six hours later I arrived in San Francisco with no idea how I got there.

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  • Reyaaz
  • 20-04-09

Excellent - informative and entertaining

This was my first Modern Scholar audiobook - and really enjoyed it. If you do have an interest in politics and history or just if the political map of the modern world has always intrigued, then you will enjoy this and gain some perspective of the decisions that shaped the 20th century. An interesting nugget was how celebrated Woodrow Wilson was in Europe after the war - kinda like an Obamesque celebrity!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-19

The class I wish I had growing up

Very informative and engaging. I have acquired a wealth of knowledge about world geopolitics, history and overall climate at WWI. My only reservation is the speed at which the content is delivered. I’ve had to change the speed to 0.75 and still needed to rewind every so often to avoid missing important information.

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  • Kathie
  • 27-04-19

Excellent Narration

DISCLAIMER: I hated history all throughout my school years because of the monotone teachers, the uninteresting subjects, the repeat of the same slanted homogenized views, how events were discombobulated and didn't flow so you could make sense as to how one event led to another. That being said, I was also young and less able to appreciate the magnitude of information this book covers. Dr. Margaret MacMillan is magnificent in her breaking down of all the time periods, personalities, societal, cultural, religious, political, financial, geographical issues that related to the players involved in the Paris Peace Conference. She explains with great detail what happened in various parts of the world prior to the Conference, what the expectations were for the Conference (according to each participant) and how the decisions made in 1919 still have a far-reaching impact. It also allows one to empathize with all the different nations/peoples as to what their hopes were for the future. It also made me want to go back even further (especially if Dr. MacMillan is presenting) in history to understand other events and civilizations prior to what is covered here.

Fantastic.

Easy to understand and covers A LOT of ground (literally).

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  • Jared
  • 21-11-18

Great Listen

I really enjoyed Margaret's reading. I now have a much better understanding of the post war scene in 1919.