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1968: Beyond soixante-huit
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Jacques Rupnik

1968: The year of two springs

East and West Parallels between May '68 and the Prague Spring are largely the result of the simultaneity of the events; in important respects, the political goals of the two movements were antithetical. Nevertheless, central European dissent had a significant impact on the French Left after 1968, argues Jacques Rupnik. [ more ]

16.05.2008

Jirí Dienstbier, Jirí Grusa, Lionel Jospin, Oskar Negt, Friedrich Schorlemmer

From '68 to '89

East and West What is the meaning of '68 almost twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? In an East-West dialogue placing '68 in a European and global perspective, leading protagonists of events in eastern Europe converse with their western counterparts. [ more ]

11.08.2008
Ivan Klíma

Seeds of spring

A rebellion against censorship

Czechoslovakia When Ivan Klima and fellow writers spoke out against censorship in Czechoslovakia at the 1967 Writers' Congress, the literary weekly "Literární noviny" was taken out of the hands of the writers union and its editorial board dismissed. Yet the seed was sown for the Prague Spring of 1968. [ more ]

07.11.2008
Samuel Abrahám

The end of illusions?

Czechoslovakia 1968 and after

Czechoslovakia The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 caused the Soviet empire to lose its internal logic even for the communist faithful. Yet today, the naivety of the reform communists of the 1960s serves as a pretext for the dismissal of any vision of a better political system, writes Samuel Abrahám. [ more ]

21.08.2008
Aleksander Smolar

Years of '68

Poland The Western revolutionaries of '68 were often hostile towards supporters of the Warsaw March revolt and indifferent towards the subsequent "anti-Zionist" purges. Yet the events were disastrous for Polish Jews at the time and are still relevant forty years later. [ more ]

26.05.2008
György Konrád

Urban asphalt gave flower to utopia

Hungary "The eastern European '68ers formed the backbone of the democratic opposition, whereas we, the somewhat older '56ers, only joined in with certain reservations, because we had a closer acquaintance with defeat." György Konrád casts an ironic look at the '68ers. [ more ]

15.10.2008
Alexander Daniel

1968 in Moscow

A beginning

Russia The Russian dissident movement was born when a protest against the trial of system critical writers was broadcasted on western radio on 11 January 1968, writes Aleksander Daniel. "To appeal to world public opinion, to the 'enemies', was equivalent to treason, to betrayal of the homeland." [ more ]

02.09.2008
Mykola Riabchuk

How I became a Czech and a Slovak

Ukraine Mykola Riabchuk recalls how the politics of the Prague Spring filtered through to Ukraine until the crackdown on "bourgeois nationalism" five years later; and how, during perestroika, the roles were reversed and he brought banned literature to friends in Czechoslovakia. [ more ]

16.05.2008
 
Rudi Dutschke, Jacques Rupnik

The misunderstanding of 1968

One of the last interviews with Rudi Dutschke

Prague not Paris Speaking a year before his death, Rudi Dutschke explained the reasons for the German Left's failure to understand what was at stake in Czechoslovakia in 1968. "In retrospect, the great event of '68 in Europe was not Paris, but Prague. But we were unable to see this at the time." [ more ]

16.05.2008

Rudi Dutschke, Gábor Révai

Correspondence 1966-1971

Correspondence "The entire population will next year have to put up with much 'sacrifice', in other words greater exploitation. 'Unfortunately', it is unlikely that a 'revolution' in the 'vulgar materialist' sense will be the result, but rather a protracted process of crisis". Rudi Dutschke to Gábor Révai, 1966. [ more ]

23.04.2009
János Mátyás Kovács, Gábor Révai

Dutschke's Hungarian friend

Gábor Révai in interview

Interview "I don't think that Dutschke would have become a politician. I can't imagine him as diplomat with a suit and tie, like Joschka Fischer". Gábor Révai, in the 1960s a young socialist in Hungary, on his former friend and father figure Rudi Dutschke. [ more ]

23.04.2009
 
Chris Reynolds

May '68: a contested history

France Despite the tendency of decennial commemorations to cement the "official version" of May '68, important questions remain unanswered. Chris Reynolds points out some blind spots in the increasingly stereotyped interpretation of the events in France forty years ago. [ more ]

07.05.2008
Christian Semler

From pacifism to violence and back again

Germany The failure of the German extra-parliamentary opposition to reflect upon its gradual slide towards violence led to the leftwing terrorism of the 1970s, argues Christian Semler. It was only with the ecological movement that pacifism returned to the agenda. [ more ]

16.05.2008
Stefanie Ehmsen

Halfway to a half of heaven

Four decades of the new women's movement

Germany In 1968, feminists broke onto the male-dominated German Left with a well-aimed tomato and demands for anti-authoritarian day-care centres. Forty years on, Stefanie Ehmsen reviews German feminism's march through the institutions. [ more ]

16.09.2008
Wolfgang Kraushaar

Hannah Arendt and the student movement

Notes on the correspondence between Hans-Jürgen Benedict and Hannah Arendt

Germany Hannah Arendt's evaluation of the student movement was "multivalent", writes Wolfgang Kraushaar in the introduction to a telling correspondence. Arendt appeared to be "torn between the progressive impulses and the off-putting tendencies of the '68 rebellion". [ more ]

15.07.2008
Brian Glanville

Murder in Mexico

Chronicle of a massacre

mexico Sent to Mexico City in 1968 to cover the Olympics, sports journalist Brian Glanville instead found himself reporting on the anti-government demonstrations at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. He recalls how, despite the ensuing massacre, indifference reigned at the Olympic Village. [ more ]

07.08.2008
 
Magnus Wennerhag

The politics of the global movement

global justice In an extract from his book "Social Movement", Swedish sociologist Magnus Wennerhag argues that the global justice movement differs from the '68 protests in being more political and aimed at international institutions and a globalized democracy. [ more ]

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The 20th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Sibiu, 21-24 October 2007

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The 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
London, 27-30 October 2006

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Neighbourhoods
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