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Radical Protest and Its Enemies

Richard Vinen

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03 July 2018
A major new history of one of the seminal years in the postwar world, when rebellion and disaffection broke out on an extraordinary scale.

The year 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.

1968 is a striking and original attempt half a century later to show how these events, which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies which are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. 1968 pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that stemmed from 1968 and the brutal reaction that brought the era to an end.
By:   Richard Vinen
Imprint:   Harper
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 41mm
Weight:   635g
ISBN:   9780062458742
ISBN 10:   0062458744
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   03 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Vinen is a professor of history at King's College London. He is the author of academic works, most recently National Service, 1945-1963, which won the 2015 Wolfson History Prize, as well as A History in Fragments: Europe in the Twentieth Century, The Unfree French, and Thatcher's Britain.

Reviews for 1968: Radical Protest and Its Enemies

[R]ich in distinct and acute observations. . . he constructs a new spectrum through which to view 1968's epic tide of change....Vinen...provide[s]...sophisticated interpretations. --Booklist, featured review [A] fine book on the various strands of protest and opposition.... Vinen is a sharp scholar, and his geographical and thematic approaches are useful for those with some sense of the larger stories of 1968.... [he] provides a well-written, deeply considered work on a year that seems increasingly immediate in both its impact and implications. --Kirkus

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