BETWEEN PRAGUE SPRING AND FRENCH MAY
Opposition and Revolt in Europe, 1960-1980
Edited by Martin Klimke, Jacco Pekelder & Joachim Scharloth
"A wonderful work of collaborative and comparative history, truly international in scope. The authors teach at universities in nine different European nations, plus the United States and Japan. (...) The book will be of immense value to a wide range of specialists and can also be profitably read by anyone who lived through and wants to understand better the excitement, pain, trauma, and occasional triumphs of 1968, looking backward to 1960 and ahead to 1980 to place that extraordinary year in perspective."
– David L. Schalk, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History, Emeritus Vassar College
Hardback/Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 978-0-85745-106-4 / 978-1-78238-051-1
Prices: Hb $95.00/£55.00 / Pb $37.95/£25.00
ABOUT THE VOLUME.
This book offers an innovative, inter-disciplinary perspective on two decades of protest and social upheaval in postwar Europe. It transcends traditional Cold War narratives by examining the cross-cultural transfer of protest ideas and repertoires among activists in Western Europe, the Warsaw pact countries, and the non-aligned European countries.
Exploring the relationship between dissent and the media, the book discusses the interplay between activist self-stylization and media coverage, particularly looking at the impact of television in the public sphere. Analyzing the controversial link between domestic dissent and the leftwing terrorism of the 1970s, the volume aims to integrate the story of opposition and revolt from 1960-1980 into a larger historical narrative of postwar Europe.
"Too often the protests of the 1960s are narrowly confined to the events of one year – 1968 – or to the same familiar set of countries. This welcome book offers broader vistas that includes European countries, big and small, from both sides of the Iron Curtain. In doing so, the authors allow us to transcend worn national narratives and reflect more broadly on how a whole continent was changed by the promise of global change and revolution. This book is thus an important addition for anyone seriously studying Europe in the postwar period."
– James C. Kennedy, Professor of Dutch History since the Middle Ages, University of Amsterdam and author of Building New Babylon: The Netherlands in the 1960s
"…[uses] a wide range of disciplines, including linguistic analysis of the transmission of protest language…The vast array of different approaches is at times dizzying, but contributes to a remarkable survey of the social reality of the period. These [essays] also confront one of the more unpleasant aspects of the movements of the era – their relationship to armed struggle...The scholars included here confront this history in all its messy and sometimes unpleasant detail. The result is a bold reappraisal of the sometimes naïve, sometimes dangerous, but always courageous confrontation of one generation with the world it was meant to inherit."
– Comparativ. Leipziger Beiträge zur Universalgeschichte
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 Resistance
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
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
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