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The Global 1960s

Convention, contest and counterculture, 1st Edition

By Tamara Chaplin, Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney


302 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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The Global 1960s presents compelling narratives from around the world in order to de-center the roles played by the United States and Europe in both scholarship on, and popular memories of, the sixties.

Geographically and chronologically broad, this volume scrutinizes the concept of "the sixties" as defined in both Western and non-Western contexts. It provides scope for a set of analyses that together span the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Written by a diverse and international group of contributors, chapters address topics ranging from the socialist scramble for Africa, to the Naxalite movement in West Bengal, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, global media coverage of Israel, Cold War politics in Hong Kong cinema, sexual revolution in France, and cultural imperialism in Latin America.

The Global 1960s explores the contest between convention and counter-culture that shaped this iconic decade, emphasizing that while the sixties are well-known for liberation, activism, and protest against the establishment, traditional hierarchies and social norms remained remarkably entrenched. Multi-faceted and transnational in approach, this book is valuable reading for all students and scholars of twentieth-century global history.


"Our memory of the 1960s, unlike the events of the decade itself, has been provincial, focusing on a rather small number of activist groups and urban centers. And yet, from the most intimate forms of sexuality to the most public of geopolitical transformations, this was a period of global entanglement and exchange. This outstanding collection of essays show how a truly global account can enrich our understanding of the 1960s by placing themes of transnational circulation, international organization, and decolonization at the center of the story."

James Chappel, Duke University, USA

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors


Introduction: Tamara Chaplin and Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney

Chapter 1: The Politics of Colonial History: Bourguiba, Senghor, and the Student Movements of the Global 1960s / Burleigh Hendrickson

Chapter 2: Unity and Conflict in the Socialist Scramble for Africa, 1960-1970 / Nick Rutter

Chapter 3: "We shall create a New World, a New Man, a New Society": Globalized Horizons among Bengali Naxalites / Milinda Banerjee

Chapter 4: Challenging British Sovereignty: Transnational Activism and Political Power in Northern Ireland, 1968-1973 / Steffen Bruendel

Chapter 5: Social Science, Cultural Imperialism, and the Ford Foundation in Latin America in the 1960s / Patrick Iber

Chapter 6: The Global Erotics of the French Sexual Revolution: Politics and "Arab Men" in Post-Decolonization France, 1962-1974 / Todd Shepard

Chapter 7: Left Out: Writing Women Back Into Japan’s 1968 / Chelsea Szendi Schieder

Chapter 8: Refashioning Spain: Fashion, Consumer Culture, Gender, and International Integration under the Late Franco Dictatorship / Alejandro Gomez-del-Moral

Chapter 9: Hong Kong at the Movies: Cold War Masculinity, Action Melodrama and Sixties Martial Arts Films / Jing Jing Chang

Chapter 10: Artists’ Networks in the 1960s: The Case of El Corno Emplumado/The Plumed Horn (Mexico City, 1962-1969) / Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda

Chapter 11: "Kill that Gook, You Gook": Asian Americans and the Vietnam War / Karen L. Ishizuka

Chapter 12: The export of Zionism? Global images of Israel in the 1960s / Jérôme Bourdon

Chapter 13: Looking Out, Cheering On: Global Leftist Vocabularies among Palestinian Citizens of Israel / Maha Nassar

Chapter 14: Herbert Marcuse: Media and the Making of a Cultural Icon / Marvin Menniken



About the Authors

Tamara Chaplin is Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Her publications include Turning On the Mind: French Philosophers on Television (2007) and articles in the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Journal of the History of Ideas, and French Historical Studies.

Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooneyis Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, USA. Her publications include The Politics of Motherhood: Maternity and Women’s Rights in Twentieth-Century Chile (2009) and De-Centering Cold War History: Local and Global Change (2012, co-edited with Fabio Lanza).

About the Series

Decades in Global History

This series takes a fresh view of decades in history, discussing each period from a truly global perspective and interrogating the traditional trope of a decade. In asking questions about what each decade actually represents throughout the wider world and exploring the transnational connections that shaped its course, this global approach allows the reader to see the great events of each decade as intricately bound into and moulded by international forces.

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HISTORY / General