1968: the world transformed by Carole Fink, Philipp Gassert, Detlef Junker, Daniel S.

By Carole Fink, Philipp Gassert, Detlef Junker, Daniel S. Mattern

1968: the realm reworked presents a global standpoint at the so much tumultuous 12 months within the period of the chilly conflict. Authors from Europe and the USA clarify why the crises of 1968 erupted nearly at the same time in significantly diverse cultures and societies. jointly, the eighteen chapters supply an interdisciplinary and comparative method of the increase and fall of protest activities world wide through integrating diplomacy, the function of media, and the cross-cultural trade of individuals and concepts into the worldwide background of 1968.

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In any event, they could not impose their will on North Vietnam. S. overtures for detente. On the· other side, the Johnson administration's growing absorption in Vietnam sharply limited its ability to deal with other issues, and it encountered difficulties in terms of domestic politics trying to fight communists in Asia but make peace with them in Europe. An increasingly rebellious Congress denied the president; a major weapon of detente by refusing to approve most-favored-nation status for the Soviet Union and its allies while they supplied North Vietnam.

Presumably, such an approach could stabilize the war at a politically and economically acceptable level and save South Vietnam without surrender or a wider war. 13 Some of Johnson's top: advisers, including a now thoroughly disillusioned Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, proposed stopping the bombing, changing the ground strategy, and shifting to an incipient form of what would later be called Vietnamization. The idea, of course, was to reduce the cost in blood and treasure and thereby salvage the commitment in Vietnam and America's deteriorating global position.

1992), 227-34. , Reassessing the Sixties: Debating the Political and Cultural Legacy (New York, 1997). magination; Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey, "Die Phantasie an die Macht": Mai 68 in Frankreich (Frankfurt am Main, 1995), 44-104; Andrei S. Markovits and PhilipS. Gorski, Tire German Lift: Red, Green, and Beyond (New York, 1993). Introduction 25 skilled workers, middle managers, intellectuals, and students. This spirit was also spreading to other groups at the margins of Western society and to non-Western peoples.

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