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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Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions This counter-proposition is inextricably bound up with the arguments and debates which actually took place in the sixties, since most of the activists and protesters at the time themselves believed in it.

Occasionally, he gets a little too pedantically encyclopedic for his own good, as in examining the miniskirt, which, —almost always worn with tights, was a very popular, and even tenacious, fashion, being worn and argued over after the advent of hot pants.

I shall also hope to convey the message that this transformation was not due solely to counter-cultural protest and activism, but also to a conjunction of developments, including economic, demographic, and technological ones, and, critically, to the existence in positions of authority of men and women of traditional enlightened and rational outlook who responded flexibly and tolerantly to counter-cultural demands: There is no hierarchy of either chronological or explanatory primacy, but the ordering is not purely arbitrary: English historian Marwick Britain in Our Century,etc.

But my quick answer here will be that such historians overemphasize the significance of the events of sixtiex, forgetting that these events were only possible because of deeper changes taking place in Italian society sixtkes the sixties. The formation of new subcultures and movements, generally critical of, or in opposition to, one or more aspects of established society.

In the eyes of the far left, it is the era when revolution was at hand, only to be betrayed by the feebleness of the faithful and the trickery of the enemy; to the radical right, an era of subversion and moral turpitude. Sources and Methods A very Stonehenge of assertion there; validation will be the task of the rest of this book.

Karwick now come to the most fraught field of marwickk when it comes to the scholarly analysis of the sixties, as well as the popular mythology. A ‘cultural revolution’ occured in s, a revolution “in material conditions, lifestyles, family relationships, and personal freedoms for the vast majority of ordinary people.

The postmodernists are right about the dangers and difficulties of language, though wrong in the conclusions they draw Very properly, poets and novelists exploit the ambiguities and resonances of certain words and phrases; historians, however, should be explicit and precise.


In discussing these I shall at the same time be adding further details to my own basic proposition. Common terms and phrases abortion academic action activities actually American areas attitudes Beatles beauty began bourgeois Britain British censorship cent centre chapter civil rights Committee concrete poetry continued countries critical cultural revolution culture demonstrations developments discussed economic established fact fashion female feminist fifties figure film France French girls hippies homosexual housing Ibid important issue Italian Italy Jean Shrimpton L’Express liberation living London magazine major male March Martin Luther King Marxist Memphis Milan movement Nanterre Negro mxrwick roman novel organized Paris particularly play police political Pop Art popular problem programme protest published racial radical reported revolution Salut les Copains sexual sixties social society South Street strike teenagers television theatre took traditional Turin Vietnam violence woman women workers working-class York young youth subculture.

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Matusow chose for his general history of America in the period, The Unraveling of American Societya theme not dissimilar to that expressed in the title of an earlier book by W. Naturally, developments in the sixties were affected by what had gone before in the forties and fifties: They all carry a whole freight of Marxist and postmodernist assumptions about the way societies work. Citing articles via Google Scholar.

There was a problem adding your email address. It is now time to set out systematically my conception of what are the fundamental and historically significant characteristics of that era. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

To say that is not to withold admiration from the activism and the idealism, nor to deny the many positive achievements of the protesters; but it is to recognize that their ultimate objectives were based on a fundamental fallacy.

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Arthur Marwick Limited preview – It is terrifically important that it be understood that what I am about to say about the sixties is based on the evidence provided by a wide range of primary sources, analysed with the professional techniques of the historian, and then reflected on at length, and discussed and argued over with colleagues; and also on the evidence provided by other historians in their books known as secondary sources based on their work in the primary sources.

Hypothetical causes of his failure to write an insightful book range from the charitable assumption that he was trying overhard to be objective to the suspicion that he found much of the period distastef Having lived the decade Marwick writes about with some consciousness of what was happening, I found this portrayal extraordinarily dull, rather like a great list or chronology written by someone alien to the topic.


One of the most basic problems in the production and consumption of history is that many of the most important words we have to use are actually used in different ways, that is to say, have different meanings.

From popular music to individual liberties, the tastes and convictions of the Western world are indelibly stamped with the impact of that tumultuous decade.

References to this book An Affluent Society?: For some it is a golden age, for others a time when the old secure framework of morality, authority, and discipline disintegrated.

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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If some of the more fantastic forms of apparel did tend to become a kind of uniform for, say, hippies, thr 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.

We can none of us escape from the larger culture to which we belong–and, in any case, there is nothing inherently objectionable about commercial transactions. But at least the sixties was a time of changing perceptions and objectives, a time of the first really major initiatives in regard to both the natural and the urban environment, a time of pedestrianization and the conservation of historical city centres a time also, it must be added, of some appalling environmental disasters, which, indeed, served to strengthen the nascent environmental movements.

My response is that if we are purely concerned with economic history, this periodization is sensible one, but that if we are primarily interested in social and cultural developments, the growing power of young people, the particular behaviour and activities associated with them, the changes in family relationships, the new standards of sexual behaviour, then the xixties of a point of change around begins to make great good sense after all.

Many theories were advanced to explain its failure to fulfil its historic destiny as laid down by Marxism, and, indeed, the postmodernist emphasis on language was part of the effort to arthuur Marxism going. Julia rated it liked it Jan 16, I want to demonstrate the point that primary sources are not transparent, that, when one is looking for clear evidence, they have many weaknesses and obscurities, as well as strengths.