1968 in Europe: An Introduction

Martin Klimke (Editor), Joachim Scharloth (Editor)

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On June 13, 1968, the popular British broadcaster Robert McKenzie brought together student activists from across Europe, the United States, and Japan in a BBC television show entitled “Students in Revolt” to discuss their aims and objectives in the aftermath of the events in Paris the previous month.1 McKenzie compared the emergence of a “student class” to the emergence of the working class in the nineteenth century, arguing that in both Western and Eastern Europe, student activists were carrying their protest into the larger society, thereby “clearly influencing the political course of history.” The discussion featured such prominent student leaders as Daniel CohnBendit and Alan Geismar from France, Tariq Ali from Great Britain, Karl-Dietrich Wolff from West Germany, and Jan Kavan from Czechoslovakia, among others, who also insisted that they were not leaders but, rather, “megaphones” of a far larger movement that included both members of the young generation and workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1965-77
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series
ISSN (Print)2634-6273
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6281


  • Cognitive Orientation
  • Institutional Network
  • Protest Movement
  • Student Protest
  • Symbolic Form

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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