1968 in Europe - A History of Protest and Activism, 1956-77
Edited by Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth
Palgrave Macmillan: New York/London, 2008
$28.95 / £16.99 Paperback (0-230-60620-2)
$74.95 / £42.50 Hardcover (0-230-60619-9)
1968 saw protest movements in Prague, Paris, Berlin, Rome and many other places across Europe, and today stands as the defining year in a tumultuous period for the continent. This groundbreaking book serves as a concise reference on the intellectual avant-gardes, counter-cultures and protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s both in Western and Eastern Europe. It traces the history of the various protest movements and the plethora of national experiences with respect to domestic and transnational cultures of dissent, the transnational aspects of these movements, and the common narratives and cultures of memory surrounding them. (read "Introduction" full text online)
Online Teaching and Research Guide:
The book is accompanied by a free online teaching and research guide available on this website. It provides a range of written and audio-visual resources as well as articles, bibliographies, chronologies and links related to the experience of the sixties in Europe.
Praise for "1968 in Europe":
"[A]n accessible textbook that summarizes the results of the intensive research of the past couple of years and provides a gateway to information on the various analytical dimensions and national differences of the protest movements. [...] With its comprehensive coverage of a broad range of European countries, its analytical focus on transnational connections and the clear and accessible structure of the individual chapters, this book will be core reading for everyone who wants to study contexts, events and the impact of the revolt of 1968."
-Benjamin Ziemann (Sheffield), in "The Sixties Journal"
"Klimke and Scharloth's contribution has good reasons to stand out from the rest. The first and maybe foremost reason is their ability to facilitate new insights into 'the long 1960s' on the European continent, thus showing us how far we are from exhausting the issue [...] a superb book, both for non-specialists who want to know about contentious politics in 1960s Europe and researchers of the subject."
-Eduardo Romanos (Trent), in "International Review of Social History"
"As the essays in this volume demonstrate, '1968' was a transnational phenomenon across Europe, both Western and Eastern. Although the 'revolution' took many shapes and exhibited varying degrees of intensity in different countries, what happened in one part of Europe had an almost immediate impact elsewhere. The 'revolutionaries' were aware that they were players not just within their national boundaries but also on the world stage. Those involved in the movement spoke similar, often identical, language, and the way they looked at their societies and at themselves made 'the long sixties' (from around 1956 to around 1977) a major landmark in contemporary history, the age of protest on a global scale."
-Akira Iriye (Harvard), Rana Mitter (Oxford), Preface to "1968 in Europe"
"1968 in Europe offers an insightful and provocative overview for this turning point in the history of the continent. The book is transnational history at its best -- an account of the ideological, social, and political forces across European societies that shook traditional authority structures. The book is also good national history -- narrating the key events and transformations in nearly every European society. Scholars and students of postwar Europe will find this book invaluable as a foundational text. It tells the pan-European story of 1968 and opens many new avenues for future research."
-Jeremi Suri (Madison), Author of "Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente"
"In moving back and forth between 1968, its past - such as Situationism, Provo, and the campaign for nuclear disarmament – and its future, i.e. the successive developments including our own time, this book helps to constitute and understand the continent’s cultural memory. [...] 1968 is thus inserted in a process of long-term social and cultural transformation, and the Sixties are shown, as Tom Hayden writes in his afterword, to be far from over."
-Luisa Passerini (Turin/Florence), Author of "Autobiography of a Generation: Italy, 1968"