1968: Europe in Technicolour

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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
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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