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Title Promises of 1968 : crisis, illusion, and utopia / edited by Vladimir Tismaneanu
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 449 pages)
Contents Revolutions and revolutionaries, lessons of the years of crises : three Czech encounters with freedom / Martin Palous -- 1968 in Poland : spoiled children, Marxists, and Jews / Irena Gross -- In search of a new Left / Dick Howard -- Rethinking the political scientifically : brief reflections on 1968 by a child of the seventies / Jeffrey C. Isaac -- What did they think they were doing? : the political thought of (the West European) 1968 revisited / Jan-Werner Müller -- Thinking politically : Raymond Aron and the 1968 moment in France / Aurelian Craiutu -- The divided spirit of the sixties / Karol Edward Soltan -- The year 1968 and its results : an East European perspective / Agnes Heller -- The Prague Spring 1968 : post-communist reflections / Jiri Pehe -- From revisionism to dissent : the creation of post-Marxism in Central Europe in the wake of 1968 / Bradley Abrams -- Post-Marxist mentality and the intellectual challenge to ideology after 1968 / Tereza-Brindusa Palade -- Yugoslavia's 1968 : the great surrender / Nick Miller -- 1968 Romania : intellectuals and the failure of reform / Cristian Vasile -- Betrayed promises : Nicolae Ceausescu, the Romanian Communist Party, and the crisis of 1968 / Vladimir Tismaneanu and Bogdan Iacob -- The Kremlin, the Prague Spring, and the Brezhnev Doctrine / Mark Kramer -- 1968 and the terrorist aftermath in West Germany / Jeffrey Herf -- The Prague Spring : resistance and surrender of the PCI / Victor Zaslavsky -- Don't push us, comrade! : De Gaulle in Bucharest / Catalin Avramescu -- Conclusion : 1968, Did It Matter? / Charles S. Maier
Summary This book is a state of the art reassessment of the significance and consequences of the events associated with the year 1968 in Europe and in North America. Since 1998, there hasn't been any collective, comparative and interdisciplinary effort to discuss 1968 in the light of both contemporary headways of scholarship and new evidence on this historical period. A significant departure from earlier approaches lies in the fact that the manuscript is constructed in unitary fashion, as it goes beyond the East-West divide, trying to identify the common features of the sixties. The latter are analyzed as simultaneously global and local developments. The main problems addressed by the contributors of this volume are: the sixties as a generational clash; the redefinition of the political as a consequence of the ideological challenges posed to the statusquo by the sixtyeighters; the role of Utopia and the deradicalization of intellectuals; the challenges to imperialism (Soviet/American); the cultural revolution of the sixties; the crisis of 'really existing socialism' and the failure of "socialism with a human face"; the gradual departure from the Yaltasystem; the development of a culture of human rights and the project of a global civil society; the situation of 1968 within the general evolution of European history (esp. the relationship of 1968 with 1989). In contrast to existing books, the book provides a fundamental and unique synthesis of approaches on 1968: first, it contains critical (vs. nostalgic) reevaluations of the events from the part of significant sixtyeighters; second, it includes historical analyses based on new archival research; third, it gathers important theoretical reassessments of the intellectual history of the 1968; and fourth, it bridges 1968 with its aftermath and its prehistory, thus avoiding an overcontextualization of the topics in question
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Nineteen sixty-eight, A.D.
Social movements -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Europe -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Tismaneanu, Vladimir.
LC no. 2010039411
ISBN 1283256665
6155053065 (electronic bk.)
9786155053061 (electronic bk.)