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1968: The World Transformed (review)

1968: The World Transformed (review) journal of world history, fall 2000 1968: The World Transformed. Edited by carole fink, philipp gassert, and detlef junker. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Pp. xi + 477. $54.95 (cloth); $18.95 (paper). The editors of 1968: The World Transformed aim to treat this year as a "coherent historical phenomenon" (p. 1). To this end, they have collected eighteen essays that deal with 1968 in a "global or transnational" context. The editors maintain that while the political legacy of 1968 is still contested, "there is little doubt that the upheavals of the Book Reviews 1960s transformed Western societies, at least culturally." The collection's title implies that 1968 was the culmination of these global transformations, a date comparable to 1789 or 1848. Yet as Konrad Jarausch argues in "Epilogue: 1968 and 1989," 1968 has acquired a "symbolic force" out of proportion to its actual significance. It has become irretrievably confused with the entire era of the "sixties," whose "cultural revolution," according to one recent analyst, actually began circa 1958 and ended circa 1974 (Arthur Marwick, The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy and the United States, c. 1958­ c. 1974, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998). The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

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journal of world history, fall 2000 1968: The World Transformed. Edited by carole fink, philipp gassert, and detlef junker. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Pp. xi + 477. $54.95 (cloth); $18.95 (paper). The editors of 1968: The World Transformed aim to treat this year as a "coherent historical phenomenon" (p. 1). To this end, they have collected eighteen essays that deal with 1968 in a "global or transnational" context. The editors maintain that while the political legacy of 1968 is still contested, "there is little doubt that the upheavals of the Book Reviews 1960s transformed Western societies, at least culturally." The collection's title implies that 1968 was the culmination of these global transformations, a date comparable to 1789 or 1848. Yet as Konrad Jarausch argues in "Epilogue: 1968 and 1989," 1968 has acquired a "symbolic force" out of proportion to its actual significance. It has become irretrievably confused with the entire era of the "sixties," whose "cultural revolution," according to one recent analyst, actually began circa 1958 and ended circa 1974 (Arthur Marwick, The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy and the United States, c. 1958­ c. 1974, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998). The

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2000

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