Modern history

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

National Bestseller

New York Times Editors’ Choice

Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Silver Medalist for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations

Finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award


For six months in 1919, after the end of “the war to end all wars,” the Big Three—President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau—met in Paris to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history, Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful days, which saw new political entities—Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine, among them—born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders of the modern world redrawn.

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE - GETTING READY FOR PEACE

Chapter 1: Woodrow Wilson Comes to Europe

Chapter 2: First Impressions

Chapter 3: Paris

Chapter 4: Lloyd George and the British Empire Delegation

PART TWO - A NEW WORLD ORDER

Chapter 5: We Are the League of the People

Chapter 6: Russia

Chapter 7: The League of Nations

Chapter 8: Mandates

PART THREE - THE BALKANS AGAIN

Chapter 9: Yugoslavia

Chapter 10: Rumania

Chapter 11: Bulgaria

Chapter 12: Midwinter Break

PART FOUR - THE GERMAN ISSUE

Chapter 13: Punishment and Prevention

Chapter 14: Keeping Germany Down

Chapter 15: Footing the Bill

Chapter 16: Deadlock Over the German Terms

PART FIVE - BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

Chapter 17: Poland Reborn

Chapter 18: Czechs and Slovaks

Chapter 19: Austria

Chapter 20: Hungary

PART SIX - A TROUBLED SPRING

Chapter 21: The Council of Four

Chapter 22: Italy Leaves

Chapter 23: Japan and Racial Equality

Chapter 24: A Dagger Pointed at the Heart of China

PART SEVEN - SETTING THE MIDDLE EAST ALIGHT

Chapter 25: The Greatest Greek Statesman Since Pericles

Chapter 26: The End of the Ottomans

Chapter 27: Arab Independence

Chapter 28: Palestine

Chapter 29: Atatürk and the Breaking of Sèvres

PART EIGHT - FINISHING UP

Chapter 30: The Hall of Mirrors

Conclusion

APPENDIX - Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points

Bibliography

Notes

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