Margaret MacMillan - Author

About the Author

Margaret MacMillan has a doctorate from St Antony's College, Oxford, and is Provost of Trinity College and Professor of History, University of Toronto. Her previous books include Women of the Raj and Canada and NATO.

 

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Featured books by Margaret MacMillan

History's People Personalities and the Past

History's People Personalities and the Past

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2016

What difference do individuals make to history? Are we all swept up in the great forces like industrialisation or globalisation that change the world? Clearly not: real people-leaders in particular-and the decisions that they make change our lives irrevocably, whether in deciding to go to war or not, decisive tactical choices made in the heat of battle or changing the economic fortunes of countries. So if people-explorers, rulers, politicians, campaigners-make a difference in history, what is the role of personality? What difference did, for example, Nixon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Montaigne or Stalin make? And what about less visible but influential people such as Edith Durham in the early twentieth century in Eastern Europe or Fanny Parks in nineteenth century India? Is it possible to find or discern patterns in different types of personality-tyranny, risk-taking, curiosity, reluctance to act?

Peacemakers Six Months That Changed the World The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War

Peacemakers Six Months That Changed the World The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2003

Between January and July 1919, after the war to end all wars, men and women from all over the world converged on Paris for the Peace Conference. At its heart were the leaders of the three great powers - Woodrow Wilson, Lloyd George and Clemenceau. Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes - from Armenian independence to women's rights. Everyone had business in Paris that year - T.E. Lawrence, Queen Marie of Romania, Maynard Keynes, Ho Chi Minh. There had never been anything like it before, and there never has been since. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China and dismissed the Arabs, struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews. The peacemakers, so it has been said, failed dismally; failed above all to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have unfairly been made scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. They tried to be evenhanded, but their goals - to make defeated countries pay without destroying them, to satisfy impossible nationalist dreams, to prevent the spread of Bolshevism and to establish a world order based on democracy and reason - could not be achieved by diplomacy. This book offers a prismatic view of the moment when much of the modern world was first sketched out.

Other books by Margaret MacMillan

Women of the Raj The Mothers, Wives and Daughters of the British Empire in India

Women of the Raj The Mothers, Wives and Daughters of the British Empire in India

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2018

The apparent glamour of the Indian Raj continues to fascinate long after the British quit the subcontinent. But along with the beauty of the Indian landscape and the privilege of servants and holidays in hill stations, British women in that vanished world faced challenges and fears that came from being an alien ruling minority. These women were at the heart of the imperial enterprise. It was their role to support the men's work, raise the children and attempt to replicate British society thousands of miles from home. They struggled in the face of heat, illness, loneliness and boredom as well as different customs, languages and religions. The distinguished historian and bestselling author Margaret MacMillan, drawing on letters and memoirs, novels and interviews, brings vividly to life their experiences - humdrum, extraordinary, light-hearted, tragic - at the height of the Raj, from the 1850s to Indian independence in 1947.

Las personas de la historia

Las personas de la historia

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2017

La gran historiadora canadiense Margaret MacMillan, autora del bestseller internacional 1914. De la paz a la guerra, nos presenta aqui su propia seleccion personal de las figuras del pasado, hombres y mujeres, algunos famosos y otros menos conocidos, que en su opinion destacan como "e;personas que hicieron historia"e;. MacMillan examina el concepto de liderazgo a travs de Bismarck y su papel en la unificacin de Alemania, Willam Lyon Mackenzie King en la defensa de la unidad canadiense, y Franklin D. Roosevelt en la poltica estadounidense durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y seala los grandes errores o decisiones destructivas de dirigentes totalitarios Hitler, o democrticos como Nixon o Thatcher. Tambin hay espacio para soadores y aventureros y personalidades nicas menos conocidas pero cruciales en su poca. Este libro trata de la relacin importante y compleja que establecen la biografa y la historia, los individuos y su tiempo.

1914

1914

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

El relato definitivo de las fuerzas politicas, culturales, militares y personales que llevaron a Europa hacia la Gran Guerra. La Primera Guerra Mundial puso fin a un largo periodo de paz sostenida en Europa: una poca en la que se hablaba confiadamente de prosperidad, de progreso y de esperanza. Y sin embargo, en 1914 el continente se lanz de cabeza a un conflicto catastrfico, que mat a millones de personas, desangr las economas nacionales, derrumb imperios y puso fin para siempre a la hegemona mundial europea. Fue una guerra que hubiera podido evitarse hasta el ltimo momento. La pregunta es: por qu se produjo?Empezando en el siglo xix y acabando con el asesinatodel archiduque Francisco Fernando, la gran historiadora Margaret MacMillan desvela la compleja red de alianzas, cambios polticos y tecnolgicos, decisiones diplomticas y, sobre todo, personalidades y debilidades humanas que llevaron a Europa al desastre. Una narracin imprescindible para conocer el mundo de hoy entendiendo mejor el de hace un siglo.

Razboiul care a pus capat pacii. Drumul spre 1914

Razboiul care a pus capat pacii. Drumul spre 1914

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2016

Cum a renuntat Europa la pace si a ales Primul Razboi MondialO strA lucitA expunere a lungului, att de lungului marE cA tre catastrofa europeanA din 1914."e; - MAX HASTINGSCarte distinsA cu International Affairs Book of the Year 2014 la Political Book AwardsNominalizatA la Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 E i Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing 2013, acordat de Writers Trust of CanadaInclusA pe lista celor mai bune cA rE i ale anului de publicaE iile: New York Times, The Economist Mail on Sunday, The Observer Daily MailIstoria lui MacMillan este magistralA - densA , echilibratA E i umanA . Povestea prA buE irii diplomatice a Europei nu a fost niciodatA naratA mai bine."e; -- The SpectatorProfund impresionantA E i impecabil documentatA lucrarea definitorie pentru istoria anilor de sfrE it ai vechii Europe."e; AMANDA FOREMANpovestea modului n care lideri inteligenE i E i de bunA credinE A E i-au condus naE iunile pe drumul cA tre catastrofA . Debordnd de intrigi, nsufleE itA de istorisiri fascinante E i captivantA prin observaE iile personale ale autoarei, aceasta este una dintre cele mai bune cA rE i pe care le-am citit vreodatA despre cauzele Primului RA zboi Mondial."e; MADELEINE ALBRIGHTO carte de dimensiuni epice, alcA tuitA nu numai cu acribia istoricului, dar E i cu gndirea eliberatA de cliE ee a analistului contemporan, interesat de comparaE ii E i arcuri peste timp, a cA rei poveste fascinantA se deruleazA n ritmul alert E i sincopat al unui roman de aventuri.Un magistral tour de force prin istoria E i diplomaE ia sfrE itului de secol al XIX-lea E i nceputului de secol al XX-lea.ntr-un tablou panoramic care reuneE te informaE ie istoricA atent documentatA , analize aplicate, revelaE ii din arhive, fragmente de corespondenE A privatA , dar E i anecdoticA plinA de culoare, portretizA ri expresive E i incursiuni pasionante n antropologia culturalA , Margaret MacMillan exploreazA perioada premergA toare izbucnirii Primului RA zboi Mondial, n ncercarea de a descifra cauzele care au dus, dupA o ndelungatA perioadA de pace E i prosperitate pe continentul european, la marE ul nesA buit cA tre o conflagraE ie de proporE ii mondiale.

Rhyme of History

Rhyme of History

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2013

As the 100th anniversary of World War I approaches, historian Margaret MacMillan compares current global tensionsrising nationalism, globalizations economic pressures, sectarian strife, and the United States fading role as the worlds pre-eminent superpowerto the period preceding the Great War. In illuminating the years before 1914, MacMillan shows the many parallels between then and now, telling an urgent story for our time. THE BROOKINGS ESSAY: In the spirit of its commitment to high-quality, independent research, the Brookings Institution has commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform product aimed to engage readers in open dialogue and debate. The views expressed, however, are solely those of the author. Available in ebook only.

War That Ended Peace

War That Ended Peace

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2013

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review *; The Economist *; The Christian Science Monitor *; Bloomberg Businessweek *; The Globe and MailFrom the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I. The century since the end of the Napoleonic wars had been the most peaceful era Europe had known since the fall of the Roman Empire. In the first years of the twentieth century, Europe believed it was marching to a golden, happy, and prosperous future. But instead, complex personalities and rivalries, colonialism and ethnic nationalisms, and shifting alliances helped to bring about the failure of the long peace and the outbreak of a war that transformed Europe and the world. The War That Ended Peace brings vividly to life the military leaders, politicians, diplomats, bankers, and the extended, interrelated family of crowned heads across Europe who failed to stop the descent into war: in Germany, the mercurial Kaiser Wilhelm II and the chief of the German general staff, Von Moltke the Younger; in Austria-Hungary, Emperor Franz Joseph, a man who tried, through sheer hard work, to stave off the coming chaos in his empire; in Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife; in Britain, King Edward VII, Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, and British admiral Jacky Fisher, the fierce advocate of naval reform who entered into the arms race with Germany that pushed the continent toward confrontation on land and sea. There are the would-be peacemakers as well, among them prophets of the horrors of future wars whose warnings went unheeded: Alfred Nobel, who donated his fortune to the cause of international understanding, and Bertha von Suttner, a writer and activist who was the first woman awarded Nobel's new Peace Prize. Here too we meet the urbane and cosmopolitan Count Harry Kessler, who noticed many of the early signs that something was stirring in Europe; the young Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty and a rising figure in British politics; Madame Caillaux, who shot a man who might have been a force for peace; and more. With indelible portraits, MacMillan shows how the fateful decisions of a few powerful people changed the course of history. Taut, suspenseful, and impossible to put down, The War That Ended Peace is also a wise cautionary reminder of how wars happen in spite of the near-universal desire to keep the peace. Destined to become a classic in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, The War That Ended Peace enriches our understanding of one of the defining periods and events of the twentieth century. Praise for The War That Ended Peace ';Magnificent . . . The War That Ended Peace will certainly rank among the best books of the centennial crop.'The Economist ';Superb.'The New York Times Book Review ';Masterly . . . marvelous . . . Those looking to understand why World War I happened will have a hard time finding a better place to start.'The Christian Science Monitor ';The debate over the war's origins has raged for years. Ms. MacMillan's explanation goes straight to the heart of political fallibility. . . . Elegantly written, with wonderful character sketches of the key players, this is a book to be treasured.'The Wall Street Journal';A magisterial 600-page panorama.'Christopher Clark, London Review of Books

Seize the Hour

Seize the Hour

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2007

In 1972 Nixon amazed the world by going to China. The first trip ever by a US President was an immense gamble but a brilliant stroke of policy. It marked the end of deep freeze in Sino-American relations and changed the international balance of power for ever. This turning point in history was enacted by extraordinary players: Nixon himself, red-baiter, shrewd statesman and disgraced politician; Mao, frail, erratic, ruthless; the twin Machiavellis Kissinger and Chou En-lai; brittle, unhappy Pat Nixon; and Mao's wife Jiang Qing, the small-time Shanghai actress become scourge of Chinese civilization.

Peacemakers Six Months That Changed the World The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War

Peacemakers Six Months That Changed the World The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2003

Between January and July 1919, after the war to end all wars, men and women from all over the world converged on Paris for the Peace Conference. At its heart were the leaders of the three great powers - Woodrow Wilson, Lloyd George and Clemenceau. Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes - from Armenian independence to women's rights. Everyone had business in Paris that year - T.E. Lawrence, Queen Marie of Romania, Maynard Keynes, Ho Chi Minh. There had never been anything like it before, and there never has been since. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China and dismissed the Arabs, struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews. The peacemakers, so it has been said, failed dismally; failed above all to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have unfairly been made scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. They tried to be evenhanded, but their goals - to make defeated countries pay without destroying them, to satisfy impossible nationalist dreams, to prevent the spread of Bolshevism and to establish a world order based on democracy and reason - could not be achieved by diplomacy. This book offers a prismatic view of the moment when much of the modern world was first sketched out.

Parties Long Estranged Canada and Australia in the Twentieth Century

Parties Long Estranged Canada and Australia in the Twentieth Century

Author: Margaret MacMillan Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2002

This book brings together recent and original work to illuminate comparisons and contrasts between two former colonies of the British empire. The contributors include some of the top names in history and political science, in Canada and Australia. Parties Long Estranged covers the entire 20th century and examines different aspects of Canadian-Australian relations, including trade, civil aviation, military, constitutional, imperial, and diplomatic relations. The comparisons include Aboriginal rights, nation-building, middle powers, and attitudes towards the Empire.

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