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Europe's 1968: Voices of Revolt

Robert Gildea, James Mark, and Anette Warring


By the late 1960s, in a Europe divided by the Cold War and challenged by global revolution in Latin America, Asia and Africa, thousands of young people threw themselves into activism to change both the world and themselves. This new and exciting study of ‘Europe’s 1968’ is based on the rich oral histories of nearly 500 former activists collected by an international team of historians across fourteen countries. Activists’ own voices reflect on how they were drawn into activism, how they worked and struggled together, how they combined the political and the personal in their lives, and the pride ... More

Keywords: europe, oral history, east and west, revolution, anti-imperialism, sexual liberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587513
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Gildea, editor
Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford

James Mark, editor
Professor of History, University of Exeter

Anette Warring, editor
Professor of Modern History, Roskilde University

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Robert Gildea and James Mark

Part I Becoming an Activist

1 Awakenings

Rebecca Clifford, Robert Gildea and James Mark

2 Families

Piotr Osęka, Polymeris Voglis and Anna von der Goltz

3 Inspirations

James Mark, Nigel Townson and Polymeris Voglis

Part II Being an Activist

4 Revolutions

Marie Černá, John Davis, Robert Gildea and Piotr Osęka

5 Encounters

James Mark and Anna von der Goltz

6 Spaces

Rebecca Clifford, Juliane Fürst, Robert Gildea, James Mark, Piotr Osęka and Chris Reynolds

7 Drop-outs

John Davis and Juliane Fürst

8 Faith

Péter Apor, Rebecca Clifford and Nigel Townson

9 Gender and sexuality

Rebecca Clifford, Robert Gildea and Anette Warring1

10 Violence

Robert Gildea, Gudni Jóhannesson, Chris Reynolds and Polymeris Voglis

Part III Making Sense of Activism

11 Reflections

James Mark, Anna von der Goltz and Anette Warring

Conclusion: Europe's 1968

Robert Gildea and James Mark