The Sixties as Global History

Term: Fall 2012

Subject Code: GHIS

Course Number: 5009

No recent decade has been so powerfully transformative in the United States and much of the world as have the 1960s. The era's protest movements dramatically changed the politics in the West; decolonization struggles altered the balance of global power; and in communist Europe democracy movements set the stage for full-scale revolutions ending the Cold War. We will explore foundation philosophical and theoretical critiques which helped define the global New Left; challenges to empire through struggles for national liberation; the challenge to bureaucratic rationality in the Communist World; the world of "policy" and elite agency; numerous "local" arenas of struggle; and their implication in international and transnational structures and cultures of dissent. Special focus will be given to the United States, West Germany, France, and Mexico. Readings will be drawn from across disciplines and include: Marcuse, Katsiaficas, Suri, Klimke, Jameson, Herzog, Jospeh, Varon, Ross, and Bourg, as well as period documents. The 1960s was also a time of great experimentation in art, music, film, literature, and language. Exploring each of these media, the class seeks also to capture the era's experimental spirit and engage the Sixties as "living history."

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