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Sous les pavés … The Troubles

Northern Ireland, France and the European Collective Memory of 1968


Chris Reynolds

Recent studies on the impact of 1968 have focussed on transnational perspectives. The scope and nature of the rebellions go far beyond the stereotypical frameworks that have dominated traditional representations. As the diversity of this ‘year’ of revolt gains greater currency, the case of 1968 has emerged as a critical lens through which to examine the question of transnational collective memories. This book addresses the dominance of the French mai 68 in the way the events are remembered at a European level. Through a comparison with the French events, this study explores how the memory of Northern Ireland’s 1968 has been marginalised and argues a case for its inclusion on the list of countries that make up this Europe-wide period of revolt.
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Reynolds, Chris, 1977-

Sous les pavés... the troubles : Northern Ireland, France and the European collective memory of 1968 / Chris Reynolds.

pages cm. — (Studies in Franco-Irish relations, ISSN 1864-273X ; vol. 6)

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-3-631-62643-6 (alkaline paper) 1. Protest movements—Northern Ireland— History—20th century. 2. Protest movements—France—History—20th century. 3. Student movements—Northern Ireland—History—20th century. 4.

Student movements—France—History--20th century. 5. Nineteen sixty-eight, A.D. 6. Collective memory—Europe. 7. Transnationalism—Political aspects—

Europe. 8. Northern Ireland—Relations—France. 9. France—Relations—

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