Around 1968: Activists, Networks and Trajectories

Project description

A failed political revolution that led to an enduring cultural revolution? An unrivalled democratic moment or a disastrous attack on ethical values in the name of drugs, free love and violence? The political and cultural challenges of the years around 1968 across Europe have been represented in sharply contrasting terms ever since.

Funded by major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Leverhulme Trust, together with final-year support from the British Academy, this international project reconsiders 1968 as a historic moment in the shadow of the Second World War, Cold War and wars of decolonisation, and in the glare of the Swinging Sixties, when a generation of young activists believed that they could change the world and at the same time change themselves.

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Arts and Humanities Research Council
     Leverhulme Trust