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Spirit of '68 Rebellion in Western Europe and North America, 1956-1976

ISBN-10: 0199541590

ISBN-13: 9780199541591

Edition: 2008

Authors: Gerd-Rainer Horn

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In virtually all corners of the Western world, 1968 witnessed a highly unusual sequence of popular rebellions. In Italy, France, Spain, Vietnam, the United States, West Germany, Czechoslovakia, Mexico, and elsewhere, millions of individuals took matters into their own hands to counterimperialism, capitalism, autocracy, bureaucracy, and all forms of hierarchical thinking. Recent reinterpretations have sought to play down any real challenge to the socio-political status quo in these events, but Gerd-Rainer Horn's book offers a spirited counterblast. 1968, he argues, opened up thepossibility that economic and political elites on both sides of the Iron Curtain could be toppled from their position of unnatural superiority to make way for a new society where everyday people could, for the first time, become masters of their own destiny. Furthermore, Horn contends, the moment ofcrisis and opportunity culminating in 1968 must be seen as part of a larger period of experimentation and revolt. The ten years between 1956 and 1966, characterised above all by the flourishing of iconoclastic cultural rebellions, can be regarded as a preparatory period which set the stage for thenon-conformist cum political revolts of the subsequent 'red' decade (1966-1976).Horn's geographic centres of attention are Western Europe, including the first full examination of Mediterranean revolts, and North America. He placed particular emphasis on cultural nonconformity, the student movement, working class rebellions, the changing contours of the Left, and the meaning ofparticipatory democracy. His book will make fascinating reading for anyone interested in this turbulent period and the fundamental changes that were wrought upon societies either side of the Atlantic.
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction
Outcasts, Dropouts, and Provocateurs: Nonconformists Prepare the Terrain
The First World Congress of Free Artists
From Lettrism to Situationism
Situationist Practice
The Meaning of Cultural Revolt
Beat Poets
Literature and Theatre of Revolt
The Place of Cultural Critique
The First Transnational Youth Revolt
Marlon Brando Turns Communist
Beatniks, Hipsters, Existentialists
British Rock
Beat Culture in Italy
The Amsterdam Provos
Under the Cobblestones Lies the Beach: Student Activism in the 1960s
Sit-ins, SNCC, and Freedom Rides
Mississippi Freedom Summer
The Berkeley Free Speech Movement
US Student Movements After Berkeley
The Peculiarities of Belgium
Leuven Vlaams
Mississippi on the Dijle
Sociology in Trento
Mobilizations and Reflections: Trento (and Italy), 1966-1967
Radicalization: Trento (and Italy), 1967-1968
The Shut-down of Higher Education in Italy: 1968
Vogliamo Tutto: The Working-Class Dimension of '1968'
The Valley of the Turon
Mobilizations in Underground Spain
French Workers in the Calvados
From Nanterre to the Sorbonne
The Genesis of a General Strike
The Meaning of the General Strike
French Workers After 1968
Italy's 'Creeping May'
Questioning Authority on the Factory Floor
The Revolution of the Carnations
Left, Left, Left: The Old, the New, and the Far Left
The Suez Crisis and Its Aftermath
A Social Democratic Foreign Policy?
Social Democracy's Domestic Agenda
Youth Revolt and the Old Left
Il Caso Manifesto
Intellectuals and the New Left
Marcuse and Mills
The Mediterranean New Left
Characteristics of the New Left
The Limits of New Left Organizational Practice
Maoism and Trotskyism
The Genesis of the Far Left
The Far Left as Inspiration
A Social Democratic Turn towards the Left?
The Promise of Eurocommunism?
Photo Essay: The Belgian Manifestation of '1968'
Participatory Democracy: The Meaning of '1968'
Measuring Failure and Success
Cultural Revolution and Material Gains
Participatory Democracy
Free Schools and Universities
An Experimental Laboratory in the Bois de Vincennes
The Alberoni Project
Participatory Democracy at the Point of Production
Participatory Democracy and the Left
Neighbourhood Associations in Iberia
The Commune of Nantes
Individual and Collective Liberation
The Birth of Second-Wave Feminism
Caged Birds Break Free
Conclusion: A Moment of Crisis and Opportunity
A Tale of Two Europes
The Legacy of 1968
The Great Rehearsal?
Bibliographic Essay
Index