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If the World Wars defined the first half of the twentieth century, the sixties defined Framing the sixties as a period stretching from to , Arthur Marwick. The Sixties has 35 ratings and 2 reviews. Erik said: Having lived the decade Marwick writes about with some consciousness of what was happening, I found. Book Review: The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, CC Article (PDF .. Arthur Marwick. The Sixties.

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Apr 15, Erik Graff rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Arthur Marwick No preview available – But the decade also left deep divisions still felt today. The counter-cultural movements which constituted the sixties “did not confront society, but permeated and transformed it.

Much else, however, concerns common ground, especially when Marwick writes about music.

The Sixties by Arthur Marwick

A conservative would point out that the gross abuse of drugs began in the sixties fashions in hard drugs have changed, but it was in the sixties that society’s defences were decisively breachedaided by self-serving claptrap about the mind-expanding and enlightening qualities of psychedelic experiences; that hippie communes were often as notable for violent squabbles and lamentable hygiene as for peace and spirituality, reminding us also that after the long student occupation of the Sorbonne, that august centre of learning was found to be in a disgusting condition; that dubious theories about language and knowledge as instruments of bourgeois and patriarchal oppression were propagated, leading to the paralysing miasma of political correctness which has affected the academic world ever since.

In discussing certain widespread perceptions of the sixties which will be challenged in this book, I have steadily uncovered my own basic assumptions, and my own basic conclusions, throughout stressing that I believe the period to have been both unique and of special significance with regard to what came after.

If some of the more fantastic forms of apparel did tend to become a kind of uniform for, say, hippies, nevertheless it remained true as never before that individuals could dress to please themselves, rather than to meet some convention as to what was suitable to a particular age, class, or profession.

They might, in addition, be able to contrast this with a list of key features of the fifties, including: You could not be signed in. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I quote from a survey which is used extensively later in the book: Let us listen to a couple of conservatives. From popular music to individual liberties, the tastes and convictions of the Western world are indelibly stamped with the impact of this tumultuous Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


The crucial point is that there was no unified, integrated counter-culture totally and consistently in opposition to mainstream culture. Sam rated it liked it Apr 11, Refresh and try again.

While it is clear that some of the protesting movements, particularly in the later stages, deliberately set out to provoke violence, there can be no question that throughout the decade almost all instances of violence and rioting came into being because of the insensitive or worse behaviour of the police.

Peter rated it really liked it May 07, Those who railed, and rail, against the consumer society of the sixties forget how welcome it was to those who were only in the process of joining it. These ranged from experimental theatres and architectural think-tanks to New Left, civil rights, anti-war, feminist and gay rights movements, Child Poverty, Help the Homeless, and environmental protection groups.

Thus, in most cases I have adopted the technique of giving as much information about the novel or film as is necessary to give the reader some chance of agreeing or disagreeing with the points I am trying to make. Iwona rated it really liked it Jan 19, I mix developments in which there was a high element of willed human agency and developments in which economic, technological, or demographic imperatives were of greatest importance.

The Sixties

Modern society is highly complex with respect to the distribution of power, authority, and influence. None the less, I believe it is right to see the challenge to established authorities and hierarchies in human relations as one single, though multi-faceted, process, subverting the authority of the white, the upper and middle class, the husband, the father, and the male generally. The more scholarly version, in its application to the United States, is well expressed in the title Allen J.

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We need a history which tells it, as nearly as humans can, as it was. That does not end the matter. At its heart lies what I shall call the Great Marxisant Fallacy: A later chapter will describe the appalling conditions endured by black sanitation workers in Memphis at the time of their strike in My methods are those of the professional historian, a scientist, I have said, rather than a poet or novelist though history is not a mathematical subject in the way that most of the sciences are.


Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. For some, it is a golden age of liberation and political progressiveness; others see it as a time when the secure framework of morality, authority and discipline disintegrated.

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Oxford University Press- History – pages. National and other identities. Julia rated it liked it Jan 16, Affluence, poverty, and permissiveness. I have stated the proposition which I intend to explore.

Youth, particularly at the teenage end, created a vast market of its own in the artefacts of popular culture. Much of the new thinking simply contributed to what I have described as the Great Sjxties Fallacy, but it was also liberating in many areas, contributing to the protest movements and to the new feminism and gay liberation.

Please provide an email address. New concerns for civil and personal rights, and a new willingness to become involved in often risky action on behalf of these.

History was a more naive subject when, in the middle of the nineteenth century, Jacob Burckhardt wrote his famous The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. Framing the sixties as a period stretching from toArthur Marwick argues that this long decade ushered in nothing less than a cultural revolution — one that raged most clearly in the United States, Britain, France, and Italy.

Books covering relatively long stretches of time will usually be divided up into a number of shorter periods, indicating points of change. The formation of new subcultures and movements, generally critical of, or in opposition to, one or more aspects of established society. Ell rated it it was amazing May 11, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Account Options Sign in. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Upheavals in race, class, and family relationships.