Changing the World, Changing Oneself

Changing the World, Changing Oneself : Political Protest and Collective Identities in West Germany and the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s

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"The collection addresses several issues that are currently very important growth areas in scholarship: protest movements, their transnational connections, the question of Americanization/Westernization in Europe, and the 1960s/1970s in general as an important watershed in postwar history...There have been other recent works that have focused on these issues, but this collection has the advantage of being truly transatlantic in its approach and in the inclusion of some of the most interesting younger scholars working in the field." * Ronald Granieri, University of Pennsylvania "This tantalizing volume explores the neglected impact of intercultural exchanges during the 1968 generational rebellion by focusing on German-American transfers of critical ideas, protest practices and feelings of solidarity. It especially emphasizes the close connection between freeing personal life-styles and liberating politics at home and abroad."
* Konrad Jarausch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Zentrum fuer Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam "This wonderfully innovative compilation of scholarly articles and participant recollections tackles the multifaceted transfer of ideas and people between West Germany and the United States to shed new light on 1960s protests and their long afterlife." * Uta G. Poiger, University of Washington A captivating time, the 60s and 70s now draw more attention than ever. The first substantial work by historians has appeared only in the last few years, and this volume offers an important contribution. These meticulously researched essays offer new perspectives on the Cold War and global relations in the 1960s and 70s through the perspective of the youth movements that shook the U.S., Western Europe, and beyond. These movements led to the transformation of diplomatic relations and domestic political cultures, as well as ideas about democracy and who best understood and promoted it. Bringing together scholars of several countries and many disciplines, this volume also uniquely features the reflections of former activists.
Belinda Davis is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. Wilfried Mausbach is the Executive Director of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at the University of Heidelberg. Martin Klimke is a postdoctoral fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Carla MacDougall is a doctoral student at Rutgers University.
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  • Hardback | 358 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 678g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1845456513
  • 9781845456511
  • 2,832,646

Table of contents

Introduction Belinda Davis, Wilfried Mausbach, Martin Klimke and Carla MacDougall PART I: ATLANTIC CROSSINGS: FROM GERMANY TO AMERICA AND BACK Chapter 1. Intellectual Transfer: Theodor W. Adorno's American Experience Detlev Claussen Chapter 2. The Limits of Praxis: The Social-Psychological Foundations of Theodor Adorno's and Herbert Marcuse's Interpretations of the 1960s Protest Movements John Abromeit PART II: SPACES AND IDENTITIES Chapter 3. America's Vietnam in Germany - Germany in America's Vietnam: On the Relocation of Spaces and the Appropriation of History Wilfried Mausbach Chapter 4. Topographies of Memory: The Sixties Student Movement in Germany and the USA: Representations in Contemporary German Literature Susanne Rinner Chapter 5. We too are BerlinersA": Protest, Symbolism and the City in Cold War Germany Carla MacDougall PART III: PROTEST AND POWER Chapter 6. A Growing Problem for Foreign Policy: The West German Student Movement and the Western Alliance Martin Klimke Chapter 7. Ostpolitik as Domestic Containment: The Cultural Contradictions of the Cold War and the West German State Response Jeremi Suri PART IV: POWER AND RESISTANCE Chapter 8. Transformation by Subversion? The New Left and the Question of Violence Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey Chapter 9. From Protest to ResistanceA": Ulrike Meinhof and the Transatlantic Movement of Ideas Karin Bauer PART V: (EN)COUNTER-CULTURE Chapter 10. White Negroes: The Fascination of the Authentic in the West German Counterculture of the 1960s Detlef Siegfried Chapter 11. The Black Panther Solidarity Committee and the Trial of the Ramstein 2 Maria Hohn Chapter 12. Between Ballots and Bullets Georgy Katsiaficas Chapter 13. A Whole World Opening Up: Transcultural Contact, Difference, and the Politicization of New Left Activists Belinda Davis PART VI: A RETROSPECTIVE Chapter 14. We didn't know how it was going to turn outA": Contemporary Activists Discuss Their Experiences of the 1960s and 1970s Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index
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The collection addresses several issues that are currently very important growth areas in scholarship: protest movements, their transnational connections, the question of Americanization/Westernization in Europe, and the 1960s/1970s in general as an important watershed in postwar history - There have been other recent works that have focused on these issues, but this collection has the advantage of being truly transatlantic in its approach and in the inclusion of some of the most interesting younger scholars working in the field.A" * Ronald Granieri, University of Pennsylvania
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About Belinda J. Davis

Belinda Davis is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. Wilfried Mausbach is the Executive Director of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at the University of Heidelberg. Martin Klimke is a postdoctoral fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Carla MacDougall is a doctoral student at Rutgers University.
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