Oliver Rathkolb, Friedrich Stadler (Ed.)
Das Jahr 1968 – Ereignis, Symbol, Chiffre
1. Edition 2010
Vienna University Press at V&R unipress
Zeitgeschichte im Kontext -
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„1968“ remains a central topic of public debates and of contemporary history with special focus on myth building and myth deconstruction. Both the 1968er generation and their opposing groups try to influence and dominate politics of history with regard to this chiffre. 1968 is a symbol of a decade between revolution and rebellion, shaped by resistance against open and „structural“ violence of the social and political establishment - a concrete utopia of an “other” society.
In this anthology the year 1968, still highly disputed among contemporary historians and political scientists, is analyzed from an interdisciplinary and international perspective with intense descriptions and comparative approach: singular events are discussed within a context, the loaded symbols are interpreted, ambivalent codes are decoded and relevant historiography is expounded - influenced by legitimization efforts and fundamental critique.