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CHIS 1100A - European Culture of Protests

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This cours séminaire will cover the development and full display of European Protest Cultures in the central twenty-year period from 1956 to 1976. We will begin with a close look at the significance of the calendar year 1956, which witnessed keynote events of great importance for the development of European protest cultures in both Western Europe (Algerian War, Suez Crisis) and Eastern Europe (Hungarian and Polish Revolts). Central attention will be placed throughout this course on the interaction between politics and culture. Thus, the role of Beat poetry and Beat music in the preparation of non-conformist outlooks will be studied side-by-side with the history of anti-nuclear weapons and anti-war movements. The specific contributions by students, workers and feminists will be considered, as well as particular events, such as Global 1968 or the 1974/5 Portuguese Revolution. Key political evolutions, such as the development of the New Left and, eventually, the Far Left will receive attention, at the same time that the phenomena of Hippie Cultures and the wave of experiments in communal living and workplace management will be considered. In short, the events of two central decades in the late twentieth century will be presented in a non-traditional fashion, emphasizing the non-conformist contributions which have helped shape European cultures and European democracy in the second half of the twentieth century. There will be a mixture of lectures and open class discussions which will characterise all twelve weeks of this course.


HORN, Gerd-Rainer (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Course validation

- One 1hr in-class test 50% (Wednesday, March 14th) ; - One 2.000 words Research Paper 50% (Wednesday, April 4th). Please note that the Research Paper deadline is firm. For every day of delay in delivery of your paper, I will have to subtract one point of the notation scale of 0-20.

Required reading

Geoff Eley, Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (Oxford, 2002), pp. 329-336 Le Havre Library - Open access book 320.531-ELE-2002

Additional required reading

  • Gerd-Rainer Horn, The Spirit of '68 (Oxford 2007), pp. 131-134 Le Havre Library - Open access book 940.55-HOR-2007
  • Nicolas Krasso, “Hungary 1956: A Participant's Account”, in Tariq Ali (ed.), The Stalinist Legacy, (Harmondsworth, 1984), pp. 374-384 Le Havre Library - Open access book 320.532-ALI-1984
  • David Widgery, "Don't You Hear the H-Bombs' Thunder?," in: David Widgery (ed.) The Left in Britain 1956-68 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976), pp. 99-114 Le Havre Library - Open access book 320.531-WID-1976
  • Martin Grainger, “We Marched Against Britain's Death Factory,” in David Widgery (ed.) The Left in Britain 1956-68 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976), pp.117-121 Le Havre Library - Open access book 320.531-WID-