The Long '68 by Richard Vinen

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The Long ’68 isn’t long-sighted enough to notice this ironic outcome. Vinen takes shorter views, and prefers crunching numbers: history for him is a Sahara of arid statistics.
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The 'long 68' saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary -around 10 million French workers struck and the whole state teeteredon the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained, but had profound longer term implications - terrorist groups, feminist collectives, gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968. Bill Clinton and even Tony Blair are, in many ways, the product of 68.

THE LONG '68 is a striking and original attempt, half a century on, to show how these events, which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies which are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time.
 

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Published September 25, 2018 by Allen Lane. 464 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel.
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Reviewed by Peter Conrad on Mar 19 2018

The Long ’68 isn’t long-sighted enough to notice this ironic outcome. Vinen takes shorter views, and prefers crunching numbers: history for him is a Sahara of arid statistics.

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