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Unit 4 1968: A year of transnational protest reading list

Politics, Culture and Society, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Andrew Delatolla
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core reading:

Klimke, Martin & Scharloth, Joachim (eds) 1968 in Europe. A History of Protest and Activism, 1956-1977 (Palgrave 2008) Chapter 1 ‘1968 in Europe. An Introduction’ (1-9)    

Kurlansky, Mark 1968. The Year that Rocked the World (Jonathan Cape, 2004) Chapter 1 (3-24)   Available online   

Ucelli, Juliet and O'Neill Dennis 'Challenging Eurocentrism' Forward Motion 1992 (pdf available in Learning resources folder)   

Becker, Heike Africa’s 1968: Protests and Uprisings across the Continent (2018)

Becker, Heike ‘Global 1968’ on the African continent

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations in London, 1968:

Mao’s little red book:

Background reading:

1968 as global movement

Gildea, Robert, Mark, James & Warring, Annette eds. Europe’s 1968. Voices of Revolt (OUP 2013). Conclusion: Europe’s 1968 (pages 326-338).   Available online   

Katsiaficas, George The Imagination of the New Left. A Global Analysis of 1968 (South End Press, 1987).


Amin, Samir Eurocentrism (Monthly Review Press, 2009) 

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey 'Eurocentrism and its discontents' Perspectives on History (Jan 2001)

Wintle, Michael Eurocentrism History, Identity, White Man’s Burden Order for library (Routledge 2020) (Please order for the library in digital copy)  

1968 in France

Caute, David The Year of the Barricades (London, 1988) Chapter 11 ‘France: Students and Workers’   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Cerny, Philip edSocial Movements and Protest in France (Continuum, 1982) ‘Student activism and in France’ (17-45)   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Hewlett, Nick 2018 ‘Disorder, les forces de l’ordre and the re-ordering of capitalism in May–June 1968’ Modern & Contemporary France, 26 (2): 115-128.      

Reynolds, Chris Memories of May ‘68. France’s convenient consensus. (University of Wales Press 2011) Introduction (1-10)   Available online

1968 in Africa:

H Becker (2018); Dissent, disruption, decolonization: South African student protests, 1968 to 2016, International Socialist Review, Issue 111 (Winter 2018-19): 31-47.


Stafford, Andy Senegal: May 1968, Africa’s Revolt

This list was last updated on 14/08/2021