Edited By Ingo Cornils and Sarah Waters
Part 1: Memories and Places 23
Part 1 Memories and Places Martin Klimke Revisiting the Revolution: 1968 in Transnational Cultural Memory The sixties that were seedbeds of fanaticism were the sixties of George Wallace as well as Jerry Rubin, police goons as well as the Black Panther party, napalm as well as flag burning. The interesting, genuinely divisive question is which sixties to embrace and which to criticize.1 — Todd Gitlin So close to and yet so distant from the present, this era cannot be pressed into simple schemata nor invoked in embellished legends and the banal narratives on the epos of longing and imagination. After all, in this his- tory, on the Latin American side, there is a great deal of blood and a great number of dead. Out of respect for them – and for the truth – we must bear witness to and interpret this age in a responsible manner. We must continue to research, rethink, and retell the history of this period, which is still far from having revealed all of its enigmas.2 — Hugo Vezzetti If there is a date in post-war history that continues to capture the emotions and imaginations of people around the globe, it is ‘1968’. Given the prevail- ing attention this year and, in fact, the whole decade, receive in politics, scholarship and public discourse, one can rightfully label it as a past that does not want to go away. As historian Gerard DeGroot argued in a recent 1 Todd Gitlin, ‘Afterword’, in: Stephen Macedo, ed., Reassessing the Sixties: Debating the...
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