Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Paris 1919

Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the WorldParis 1919: Six Months that Changed the World 
by Margaret MacMillan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historian Margaret MacMillan has crafted a fascinating tale of the personalities and power-struggles that surrounded the drafting of the Treaty of Versailles. This peace treaty marked the end of WWI and many of the decisions that went into it still echo in today's world. European hubris can be solidly blamed (my interpretation, not the author's statement) for the political mess in the middle east. This is a LONG book, but it is a tale well told and everyone's story is included, not just the big players. If you want to understand how the men (it was mostly men) who crafted the peace did it and what influenced the choices they made this book is an excellent way to learn about it.

This book counts toward the  Canadian Book Challenge as it includes the role of the Canadian delegation in the peace process, and (more importantly) was written by a professor at the University of Toronto.  


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