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For some, the 1960s are seen as a golden age of political progress; others see an era in which depravity was celebrated, and the secure moral and social framework subverted. This is a study of the social and political change in Europe and the USA in this period of cultural revolution.
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The Sixties: Social and Cultural Transformation in Britain, France, Italy and the United States, 1958-74 by Arthur Marwick

Mention of the 60s arouses strong emotions, even in those who were already old when the 60s began and those who were not yet born when the 60s ended. For some, it is a golden age of political progress; others see it as an era in which depravity was celebrated, and the secure moral and social framework subverted. The 1960s was unquestionably a decade of exceptional historical significance, witnessing transformation in personal relationships, in attitudes towards authority, in modes of self-presentation, in material standards, customs, and behaviour. This volume presents a study of social and political change in Europe and the United States during this period of cultural revolution. Paying particular attention to the impact of the 60s on the lives of ordinary people, Marwick exposes as myths and caricatures many of the accepted views of the decade. He analyzes phenomena as diverse as sexual permissiveness, innovations in high art, the civil rights movement, feminism, improvements in material conditions, the rise of youth culture, and trends towards individualism and self-expression, arguing that the 60s was no short-term era of ecstasy and excess, fit only for nostalgia or contempt. On the contrary, the 60s set the cultural and social agenda for the rest of the century.

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The Sixties Reviews


"Marwick has made genuine contribution, first in affirming the reality of the cultural revolution as it manifested itself in so many spheres of life; then in showing how that revolution permeated and transformed mainstream society; and finally in putting it all in an international perspective,
exposing the differences and yet basic similarities provided by the perspective."--The Washington Post Book World
"An ambitious synthesis.... Mr. Marwick's prodigious research and encyclopedic scope will make this book a helpful and entertaining reference work for a time to come."--Washington Times


"Marwick has made genuine contribution, first in affirming the reality of the cultural revolution as it manifested itself in so many spheres of life; then in showing how that revolution permeated and transformed mainstream society; and finally in putting it all in an international perspective,
exposing the differences and yet basic similarities provided by the perspective."--The Washington Post Book World
"An ambitious synthesis.... Mr. Marwick's prodigious research and encyclopedic scope will make this book a helpful and entertaining reference work for a time to come."--Washington Times

"Marwick has made genuine contribution, first in affirming the reality of the cultural revolution as it manifested itself in so many spheres of life; then in showing how that revolution permeated and transformed mainstream society; and finally in putting it all in an international perspective, exposing the differences and yet basic similarities provided by the perspective."--The Washington Post Book World
"An ambitious synthesis.... Mr. Marwick's prodigious research and encyclopedic scope will make this book a helpful and entertaining reference work for a time to come."--Washington Times


"Marwick has made genuine contribution, first in affirming the reality of the cultural revolution as it manifested itself in so many spheres of life; then in showing how that revolution permeated and transformed mainstream society; and finally in putting it all in an international perspective, exposing the differences and yet basic similarities provided by the perspective."--The Washington Post Book World


"An ambitious synthesis.... Mr. Marwick's prodigious research and encyclopedic scope will make this book a helpful and entertaining reference work for a time to come."--Washington Times


About Arthur Marwick



Arthur Marwick is one of Britain's leading social and cultural historians. He has been Professor of History at the Open University since 1969, and is the author of a number of best-selling history books, including The Nature of History and British Society since 1945.

Table of Contents


1: Was there a cultural revolution c. 1958- c .1974?; 2: If so, why?; II. The first stirrings of a cultural revolution 1958-63; 3: New actors, new activities; 4: Art, morality, and social relations; 5: Race; III. The high sixties; 6: Acts of God and acts of government; 7: Pushing paradigms to their utmost limits, or creative extremism: structuralism, conceptualism, and indeterminacy; 8: Affluence, poverty, and permissiveness; 9: Beauty, booze, and the built environment; 10: National and other identities; 11: Freedom, turbulence and death; 12: Nineteen sixty-eight (and 69); IV. Everything goes, and catching up 1969-74; 13: Women's turn; 14: Full effrontery; 15: Living life to the full.

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GOR002513828
The Sixties: Social and Cultural Transformation in Britain, France, Italy and the United States, 1958-74 by Arthur Marwick
Arthur Marwick
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1999-10-07
903
0192881000
9780192881007
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