Summer 2007: Proseminar in American History

The 1960s and the Crisis Year 1968: Transnational Perspectives

This course will look at the turmoil of the 1960s as a crisis decade culminating in the “year of shocks” 1968 from a comparative international perspective.

It will cover some of the major movements in the United States (youth cultures, civil rights, Vietnam War and anti-war) but also look at their significance in the world at large. The “protest culture” of the 1960s and the eruption of violent protests will be studied in their global context, how they radicalized and fed on each other. The significance of the 1960s in the trajectory of the post-World War II world will also be assessed by looking at text books.