By Martin Klimke, Joachim Scharloth
A concise reference for researchers at the protest events of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, this publication covers the background of a number of the nationwide protest activities, the transnational facets of those routine, and the typical narratives and cultures of reminiscence surrounding them. www.1968ineurope.com
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The initial step was taken by smaller groups who found common aspects in their programs or activities. One example is the cooperation of the nonviolent peace activists of the British Direct Action Committee with the American Committee for Non-Violent Action (CNVA). S. Student Peace Union and the Japanese Zengakuren. Although limited by geographical distance, their cooperation still resulted in simultaneous demonstrations of all three student organizations against atmospheric nuclear testing on April 27, 1962.
Whether lecturing on the war in Algeria, conveying a Third Camp perspective, or teaching nonviolent tactics, activists of the peace movement almost always provided substantial impulses to New Left thinking. The American Student Peace Union, the Students for a Democratic Society, or the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee would hardly have been as successful without the help of the experienced protesters of the War Resisters League. More important than these direct political and strategic influences, however, were the personal experiences the young generation made in the peace movement.
On the development of the peace movement in the 1970s and 1980s, cf. Lawrence S. Wittner, Toward Nuclear Abolition. A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971 to the Present (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003). 20. f. Nancy Zaroulis and Gerald Sullivan, Who Spoke Up? American Protest Against the War in Vietnam, 1963–1975 (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984); Charles DeBenedetti and Charles Chatfield, An American Ordeal. The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1990).
1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1956-1977 (Palgrave MacMillan Transnational History) by Martin Klimke, Joachim Scharloth