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Memories of 1968

International Perspectives


Edited By Ingo Cornils and Sarah Waters

The 1968 events were profoundly international in character, transcending any one national context and interacting with other movements across the world. Yet the way these events are remembered is often delimited by the national cultural or political experience and is cut off from its broader international dimension. The purpose of this volume is to examine the ‘memory’ of 1968 across different national settings, looking at the cases of France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Mexico and China. How has 1968 been (re)produced and/or contested within different national cultures and how do these processes reflect national preoccupations with order, political violence, individual freedom, youth culture and self-expression? How has the memory of 1968 been narrated, framed and interpreted in different places and in different disciplines? Is there a collective memory of 1968 and does this memory cross national boundaries? By juxtaposing representations of 1968 from across a range of national cultures and by examining the processes by which 1968 is remembered, this book aims to open up the memory of 1968 to a more diverse international perspective, one that more closely reflects the dynamics of the events themselves. The papers collected in this volume are selected from the proceedings of a conference entitled ‘Memories of 1968: International Perspectives’ that was held at the University of Leeds in 2008.


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Notes on Contributors Daniel Bensaïd was a leading activist during the May 1968 events in France and at the time, he was a student at Nanterre and a member of the Trotskyist grouping, Communist Revolutionary Youth. Until his death on 12th January 2010, he was Professor of philosophy at Université Paris VIII and recognised as a major intellectual and activist on the French Left. He authored 28 books and his recent work includes Marx, mode d’emploi (La Découverte 2009), Prenons parti pour un socialisme du XXIe siècle (Mille et Une Nuits 2009) and Démocratie dans quel état (co-authored) (La Fabrique 2009). Claire Brewster is a lecturer in Latin American history at Newcastle University. She is a member of the Society of Latin American Studies and the Newcastle-based Americas Research Group. Her publications related to this research include Responding to Crisis in Contemporary Mexico (University of Arizona Press 2005); (with Keith Brewster) Representing the Nation: Sport, Control, Contestation and the Mexican Olympics (Routledge 2009); and ‘Changing impressions of Mexico for the 1968 Games’ in Reflections on Mexico ’68, ed. K. Brewster (Wiley-Blackwell 2010). Timothy S. Brown is Assistant Professor of History at Northeastern University and a member of the Boston German History Workshop. He is the author of Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists between Authenticity and Performance (Berghahn 2009). Other recent publications include ‘1968 Performance in East and West: Divided Germany as a Case Study in Transnational History’ (American Historical Review, February 2009), and ‘Music as a...

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