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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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Excellent overview

Well set out and well-paced narrative. This filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge.

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Essential in understanding today's world

A brief but very important lecture if you're interested in finding out what created the current world as it is today and understanding why there are ongoing conflicts.
I don't agree with the professor's conclusion but one has to remember the lecture was recorded in 2003 it would be interesting to get an updated conclusion with the benefit of hindsight. I would highly recommend this lecture.

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  • Jon
  • 05-04-2010

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
  • 17-08-2009

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
  • 22-12-2011

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
  • 13-06-2011

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
  • 23-03-2009

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
  • 24-11-2012

Riveting history of the aftermath of WW I

Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?

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What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

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
  • 20-04-2009

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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  • Matthew Robison
  • 27-08-2018

Not the audiobook

This is not the audio version of the book, but rather a series of lectures from the author on the same subject. I’m still enjoying it very much, but do not expect this to be the audio version of the book.

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  • Nathan
  • 01-08-2018

Wonderful, very well organized and digestible

Margaret MacMillan is a wonderful speaker. This is a brilliant series of lectures which I enjoyed very much.

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  • Cascadiapnw
  • 11-02-2018

Keep On Learning!

How did I miss this in school, way back when? This story of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference is told in a most interesting way and very relevant to our understanding of the world today. I am grateful for Dr. MacMillan, who wrote and presents this illuminating account of a critical historic event. I just keep getting smarter and smarter, the more I listen!

The story is well organized and easy to follow. It probably helps to have some idea of the geography involved- could look at a map if you're not familiar with it. Note you get a pdf with the download that has additional background information that sheds even more light on the subject. I highly recommend.

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  • Burbag
  • 01-04-2015

A revelation

What did you like most about Six Months That Changed the World?

It told a coherent story which resonates today. European imperialism of the early twentieth century has major repercussions today

Who was your favorite character and why?

The vanity of the then European powers dominate the book. Miscalculation on every side was the dominant motif which was encapsulated in the Paris Peace Conference

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

The informal but precise delivery. It helped one understand a very complex scenario

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction was despair. Human beings seem intent on self destruction. And mass destruction can now be an end in itself. Technology offers the ultimate cataclysm

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A great read. To understand the world we now live in this is the essential primer

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  • Oliver Moor
  • 03-01-2015

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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  • Lord Peridot
  • 23-05-2015

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.