CHANGING THE WORLD, CHANGING ONESELF
Political Protest and Collective Identities in West Germany and the U.S.
in the 1960s and 1970s
in the 1960s and 1970s
Edited by Belinda Davis, Wilfried Mausbach, Martin Klimke & Carla MacDougall
"This wonderfully innovative compilation of scholarly articles and participant recollections tackles the multifaceted transfer of ideas and people between West Germany and the United States to shed new light on 1960s protests and their long afterlife."
– Uta G. Poiger, University of Washington
Hardback: 360 pages
Publisher: Berghahn Books (Mar '10/Aug '12)
ISBN: 978-1-84545-651-1 / 978-0-85745-804-9
Prices: Hb $70.00/£40.00 / Pb $37.95/£25.00
ABOUT THE VOLUME.
A captivating time, the 60s and 70s now draw more attention than ever. The first substantial work by historians has appeared only in the last few years, and this volume offers an important contribution. These meticulously researched essays offer new perspectives on the Cold War and global relations in the 1960s and 70s through the perspective of the youth movements that shook the U.S., Western Europe, and beyond.
These movements led to the transformation of diplomatic relations and domestic political cultures, as well as ideas about democracy and who best understood and promoted it. Bringing together scholars of several countries and many disciplines, this volume also uniquely features the reflections of former activists.
"This tantalizing volume explores the neglected impact of intercultural exchanges during the 1968 generational rebellion by focusing on German-American transfers of critical ideas, protest practices and feelings of solidarity. It especially emphasizes the close connection between freeing personal life-styles and liberating politics at home and abroad."
– Konrad Jarausch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Zentrum fuer Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam
"The collection addresses several issues that are currently very important growth areas in scholarship: protest movements, their transnational connections, the question of Americanization/Westernization in Europe, and the 1960s/1970s in general as an important watershed in postwar history ... There have been other recent works that have focused on these issues, but this collection has the advantage of being truly transatlantic in its approach and in the inclusion of some of the most interesting younger scholars working in the field."
– Ronald Granieri, University of Pennsylvania
"Anyone seeking an overview of state-of-the-art research into '1968' as a transnational phenomenon, in all its tremendous differentiation and variety of historiographical approaches, is warmly advised to take up this groundbreaking volume."
– Philipp Gassert, H-Soz-u-Kult
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Belinda Davis, Wilfried Mausbach, Martin Klimke, and Carla MacDougall
Part I. Atlantic Crossings: From Germany to America and Back
Chapter 1. Intellectual Transfer: Theodor W. Adorno’s American Experience
Chapter 2. The Limits of Praxis: The Social-Psychological Foundations of Theodor Adorno’s and Herbert Marcuse’s Interpretations
of the 1960s Protest Movements
Part II. Spaces and Identities
Chapter 3. America’s Vietnam in Germany – Germany in America’s Vietnam: On the Relocation of Spaces and the Appropriation of History
Chapter 4. Topographies of Memory: The Sixties Student Movement in Germany and the USA: Representations in Contemporary German Literature
Chapter 5. "We too are Berliners": Protest, Symbolism and the City in Cold War Germany
Part III. Protest and Power
Chapter 6. A Growing Problem for Foreign Policy: The West German Student Movement and the Western Alliance
Chapter 7. Ostpolitik as Domestic Containment: The Cultural Contradictions of the Cold War and the West German State Response
Part IV. Power and Restistance
Chapter 8. Transformation by Subversion? The New Left and the Question of Violence
Chapter 9. "From Protest to Resistance": Ulrike Meinhof and the Transatlantic Movement of Ideas
Part V. (En)Counter-Culture
Chapter 10. White Negroes: The Fascination of the Authentic in the West German Counterculture of the 1960s
Chapter 11. The Black Panther Solidarity Committee and the Trial of the Ramstein 2
Chapter 12. Between Ballots and Bullets
Chapter 13. A Whole World Opening Up: Transcultural Contact, Difference, and the Politicization of New Left Activists
Part VI. A Retrospective
Chapter 14. "We didn’t know how it was going to turn out": Contemporary Activists Discuss Their Experiences of the 1960s and 1970s
Notes on Contributors