1968

Europe in Technicolour

Martin Klimke

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    Abstract

    Even after more than four decades, the events of the tumultuous year 1968 still mesmerise and polarise Europe, both culturally and politically. Although prominent representatives of the continent's student revolt have called for people to 'forget 68', Europeans have entered the historicisation and memorialisation process for this period with vigour. Among the causes and contexts of the social movements, acts of dissent, and youthful revolts that are commonly subsumed under the cipher '1968', the Cold War and the division of Europe after 1945 usually enjoy pride of place, although these were by no means the only influences. The rapid demographic changes after World War II were probably the primary force that shaped the context in which the opposition of the youth was to unfold. The postwar baby boom reached its climax in 1947, coinciding with a massive economic growth in many Northern and Western European countries that reached into all segments of society and proved particularly beneficial to the lower middle and working classes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191749490
    ISBN (Print)9780199560981
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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    Revolt
    Technicolor
    Economic Growth
    Second World War
    Memorialization
    Working Class
    Pride
    Causes
    Demographic Change
    Climax
    Cold War
    Social Movements
    Middle Class
    Dissent

    Keywords

    • 1968
    • Baby boom
    • Cold War
    • Dissent
    • Economic growth
    • Europe
    • Revolts
    • Social movements
    • World War II
    • Youth

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Klimke, M. (2012). 1968: Europe in Technicolour. In The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560981.013.0012

    1968 : Europe in Technicolour. / Klimke, Martin.

    The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History. Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Klimke, M 2012, 1968: Europe in Technicolour. in The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560981.013.0012
    Klimke M. 1968: Europe in Technicolour. In The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560981.013.0012
    Klimke, Martin. / 1968 : Europe in Technicolour. The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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