1968 as a Symbol


Kryštof Kozák


The year 1968 keeps capturing collective imagination on both sides of the Atlantic, as it serves as a convenient shortcut for social developments and upheavals throughout the 1960s. Even though in every country the events of 1968 unfolded differently, dramatic street protests demanding profound social changes define the dominant memory of this year on global scale. Violent suppression of street protesters by security forces form the dominant images of that year all around the globe, even if targets of the popular discontent were quite diverse. 

The year 1968 can also be seen as the pinnacle of idealistic efforts for progressive social change, which was replaced by normalization efforts induced by various methods in different contexts throughout the 1970s. As such, it is connected with feelings of nostalgia and lost opportunities especially for those who consider themselves to be progressives. But to what extent were the events of 1968 truly seminal? What were their lasting legacies?  


1968; legacy of 1968; revolutions of 1968; 1968 in Europe; 1968 in the Americas; introduction

Published : 2019-12-23

Kozák, K. (2019). 1968 as a Symbol. Review of International American Studies, 12(2), 25-26. https://doi.org/10.31261/rias.8008

Kryštof Kozák  krystof.kozak@fsv.cuni.cz
Charles University, Prague  Czechia

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