The Long '68

The Long '68 Radical Protest and Its Enemies - Penguin History

Paperback (04 Apr 2019) | English

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Synopsis

'Fresh, compelling ... an important book, revealing that 50 years on, 1968 is still unfinished business' Andrew Hussey, Financial Times

'A thoughtful, readable account of a moment in history that deserves to be dwelt on' Andrew Marr, The Times

1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary - around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained, but had profound longer-term implications; terrorist groups, feminist collectives, gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968. Bill Clinton and even Tony Blair are, in many ways, the product of that year.

The Long '68 is a striking and original attempt half a century on to show how these events - from anti-war marches in the United States to revolts against Soviet oppression in eastern Europe - which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies that are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. The book pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that stemmed from 1968, and the brutal reactions from those in power that brought the era to an end.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780141982526
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 909.826
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvii, 446
Weight: 340g
Height: 131mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 26mm