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Unsettled 1968 in the Troubled Present
Revisiting the 50 Years of Discussions from East and Central Europe

ISBN 9781032087955
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

Why does 1968 matter today? The authors of this volume believe that it is a crucial point of reference for current developments, especially the ‘illiberal turn’ both in Europe and America. If we want to understand it, we need to look back into 1968 – the year that founded the cultural and political order of today’s world.

The book consists of the following four sections: '1968 and transnationality', '1968 and the transformation of meanings', 'Artistic representations of 1968', and '1968 and the European contemporaity'. This is followed by an afterword from the significant keynote speaker at the conference Unsettled 1968: Origins – Myth – Impact in June 2018 in Tübingen, Germany: Irena Grudzinska-Gross, herself a Polish ‘68er’, reflects upon the conference and leaves remarks on her 50 years of engagement with what happened in 1968.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

    1. Aleksandra Konarzewska, Michal Przeperski,
    2. 1968: Myth and Impact

      1968 and Transnationality

    3. Una Blagojevic,
    4. Worlds of Praxis: 1968, Intellectuals, and an Island in the Yugoslav Adriatic

    5. Adrian Matus,
    6. ‘The long 1968’ in Hungary

    7. Szabolcs László,
    8. The Anti-Political Moment: Post-1968 Theories of Dissent in Regional and Global Perspective

      1968 and the Transformation of Meanings

    9. Victoria Harms,
    10. ’68 on the Historians’ Mind: Eric Hobsbawm and Tony Judt

    11. Adrian Chubb,
    12. Public Sphere Pluralism in 1960’s West Germany

    13. Bartosz Gromko,
    14. The Events of 1968 in the Eastern Bloc and the Italian Left Wing

      Artistic Representations of 1968

    15. Anna Nakai,
    16. Behind the Scenes of broadcasting March 68: Radio Free Europe and its Internal Disputes over the Defector Henryk Grynberg

    17. Nina Seiler,
    18. Negated Community: The End of Communitarian Ideas in the 1968 Context of Artistic-Political Transformation

    19. Marie Schwarz,
    20. Disillusion and Utopia: Juraj Jakubiskos Works and Czechoslovak Society Following Prague Spring

      1968 and the European Contemporaity

    21. Andrzej Czyzewski,
    22. The Myths of March ’68: Negotiating Memory in Contemporary Poland against a Comparative Background

    23. Dmitry Bochkov,
    24. The ‘Prague Spring’: From Cultural Memory to Personal Trauma

    25. Dominik Želinský,
    26. Freedom from, or in Socialism? The Prague Spring and the Trauma of the Warsaw Pact Invasion in the Slovak Political Discourse

    27. Irena Grudzinska-Gross,

1968 Again


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Aleksandra Konarzewska is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen.

Anna Nakai is a PhD candidate at the Department of History, Central European University.

Michal Przeperski is a PhD researcher at Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw.


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