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
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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
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.