Between Prague spring and French may: Opposition and revolt in Europe, 1960-1980

Martin Klimke, Jacco Pekelder, Joachim Scharloth

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Abandoning the usual Cold War-oriented narrative of postwar European protest and opposition movements, this volume offers an innovative, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive perspective on two decades of protest and social upheaval in postwar Europe. It examines the mutual influences and interactions among dissenters in Western Europe, the Warsaw Pact countries, and the nonaligned European countries, and shows how ideological and political developments in the East and West were interconnected through official state or party channels as well as a variety of private and clandestine contacts. Focusing on issues arising from the cross-cultural transfer of ideas, the adjustments to institutional and political frameworks, and the role of the media in staging protest, the volume examines the romanticized attitude of Western activists to violent liberation movements in the Third World and the idolization of imprisoned RAF members as martyrs among left-wing circles across Western Europe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages347
ISBN (Electronic)9780857451071
ISBN (Print)9781782380511
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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