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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...
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The format is excellent with the author reading the lectures, the author's voice gives extra intonation and feeling. The questions at the end of every lecture were rather jarring and did not seem genuine. The recording opened my eyes to the ill conceived and ingrained thought that this was just a peace with Germany.
The defining of many new countries,altering borders and ethnic make up without the opinions of the inhabitants, in many cases, produced a festering cancer for which we are paying the price today.
The problems in the Middle East are mainly based on these neatly ruled lines for boundaries. I had never thought or realised that when it was time for Germany to sign the treaty, the Allied Powers most likely did not have the power or will to invade Germany.
The ongoing neurosis of France of being attacked is cleverly expanded and lays the foundation for the formation of the European Union to overcome this..
Would the SecondWar have been prevented if the U.S.A had ratified the treaty and guaranteed the peace by force?
I now understand the subject so much better this lecture series should be made compulsory content for all political based education.
If you enjoy 20th century history, this is a good book to pick up. Much of what we think we know about the end of WWI (and thus later 20th century history) is not always completely accurate. Prof. MacMillan breaks it all down in an engaging and clear way. This is probably one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Really enjoyed it. And, I feel like I'm coming away with a much better understanding of what was to happen in later history, right up to the present day.
Professor MacMillan delivers a concise and balanced perspective of this historic period with empathy and an understanding of the complexity of human nations. Knowing history is required to understand the future, this book should help you get there...
It told a coherent story which resonates today. European imperialism of the early twentieth century has major repercussions today
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
The informal but precise delivery. It helped one understand a very complex scenario
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
A great read. To understand the world we now live in this is the essential primer
"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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