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Politics of Protest in Europe, 1968-1989 (HI32A)

Seminar Times:

Dr Joachim Häberlen
H 336, third floor of the Humanities Building
Tuesday, 6-8pm (H358)

Compared with the violent political struggles, that at times turned into civil wars, during interwar Europe, the decades after 1945 look relatively quiet, stable and peaceful, especially in Western Europe. Yet, Europe on both sides of the iron curtain did witness waves of massive protests, most notably in the decades between 1968 and 1989, which suggest that a great number of Europeans desired to radically alter the political, social and cultural order.

This 30 CATS undergraduate final-year Advanced Option module will take a close look at both the protest waves and revolutions of 1968 and 1989, as well as at radical grassroots politics in between. It will encourage students to think of European history during the twentieth century in transnational terms that cut across the Iron Curtain. We will therefore discuss the themes of the module – such as the revolts of 1968, politicized countercultures, the peace and environmental movements, or sexual politics – in a transnational way that looks at both Eastern and Western Europe. A second key goal of the module is to explore if and how the contours of the political itself changed in these movements, as categories like subjectivity and personal feelings, and subjects like sexuality and the environment gained prominence in the movements.