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'68: The Year of the Barricades

Caute, David
Publisher:  Paladin
Year Published:  1988  
Pages:  464pp   Price:  $17.95   ISBN:  0-586-08750-8
Resource Type:  Book

Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening around the world.

Abstract:  The political, social and cultural upheavals of the 1960's are of continuing interest as we try to resist the conservative pressures of the present. Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening around the world: a valuable corrective to the U.S.-centred perspective of so many other books on the period. Caute gives much attention to the relationship between the "New Left" and the sixties "counter-culture", noting the continuing tension (but also fruitful interaction) between the "intellectual platoons" and the "apostles of instinct and feeling". Fundamental to all New Left movements, he says, "was a vision of a world undivided by race, class, or gender", a vision that was ultimately to be fractured by the contradictions of race and gender. 68: The Year of the Barricades is a lively and instructive history woven through with thought-provoking analysis.

[Abstract by Ulli Diemer]



Table of Contents

Introduction
Prologue: The Pentagon
1. The Vietnam War - Tet
2. The Antiwar Movement: America, Europe, Japan
3. The New Politics of the Young
4. Children of Pleasure - The Counter-Culture
5. Insurrection in Europe: Poland, Italy, Spain, France and Britain
6. Insurrection in Europe: Germany and West Berlin, Belgium and Yugoslavia
7. The USA, the Democratic Primaries and Draft Resistance
8. The USA - Black Power
9. Columbia
10. Prague Spring
11. France: Students and Workers
12. France: Agitators and Politicians
13. Films, Sex and Women's Liberation
14. Radical Theatres
15. The Democrats at Chicago
16. The Other Chicago - Yippies and Pigs
17. Czechoslovakia - The Soviet Invasion
18. Britain: The Student Revolt
19. Militant Students, Angry Professors
20. A Season of Violence: Mexico, Europe and Japan
21. The USA: Black Students, White Teachers
22. Prague Winter
23. Decline of the New Left

Afterword
Chronology of Main Events
References and Sources
Index

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