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By Carole Fink, Philipp Gassert, Detlef Junker, Daniel S. Mattern

1968: the area reworked presents a global point of view at the such a lot tumultuous 12 months within the period of the chilly warfare. Authors from Europe and the us clarify why the crises of 1968 erupted virtually at the same time in greatly varied cultures and societies. jointly, the eighteen chapters offer an interdisciplinary and comparative method of the increase and fall of protest activities around the world via integrating diplomacy, the function of media, and the cross-cultural alternate of individuals and ideas into the worldwide historical past of 1968.

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95 Berman, Tale ofTwo Utopias, 224-30; Roger Garaudy, Le Grand Tournant du Sodalisme (Paris, 1969). 24 Carole Fink, Philipp Gassert, and DetlifJunker proclaimed ideals. 96 What began as student protests against the bureaucratic and hierarchical structures of their universities and their governments' attempts to limit access to higher education grew into an attempt to expand the boundaries of liberal democracy to include a whole range of positive social, economic, and human rights. 97 Student activists in Western Europe and the United States combined anticapitalism with a fundamental critique of the parliamentary system.

That had originally organized over issues of college discipline were transformed into a mass movement against the Vietnam War, peaking in 1968 with two massive demonstrations, in March and in October, in which more than one hundred thousand people are estimated to have participated. -Japahese relations and produced militant antiwar demonstrations by Japanese students. 63 There is evidence from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Thailand, and Sweden that opposition to the American engagement in Vietnam stimulated· the growth of radical student movements.

64 In Zambia as in much of southern Africa, American involvement in the civil war in Angola created an additional stimulus for student radicalism. 65 59 60 61 62 63 64 Sex:The Case for Feminist Revolution (New York, 1969); Kate Millett, Sexual Politics (London, 1970); Ti-Grace Atkinson, Amazon Odyssey (New York, 1974). We thank Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht, for bringing this point to our attention. Gitlin, The Sixties, 246; Juchler, Studentenbewegungen, 145; Jon Lee Anderson, Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Ufe {New York, 1997).

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