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By Carole Fink, Philipp Gassert, Detlef Junker, Daniel S. Mattern

1968: the realm reworked presents a global standpoint at the so much tumultuous yr within the period of the chilly struggle. Authors from Europe and the USA clarify why the crises of 1968 erupted nearly concurrently in tremendously assorted cultures and societies. jointly, the eighteen chapters offer an interdisciplinary and comparative method of the increase and fall of protest routine all over the world by means of integrating diplomacy, the function of media, and the cross-cultural alternate of individuals and ideas into the worldwide historical past of 1968.

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102 The New Left also hoped that a transformation in the cultural realm, the replacement of formal, monolithic structures with alternative and oppositional subcultures that exuded spontaneity and wit, egalitarianism and critical perspectives, would accelerate the transformation of national and international politics. 103 The New Left thus raised issues that had never been central to the theoretical debates among Marxists. This was undoubtedly the result of its experiences and perceptions during the years since 1945, a world of huge disparities between rich and poor, power and powerlessness, violent struggles and spiritualist movements.

Riots· in the ghettos of the nation's cities produced heightened racial tensions. The Great Society was all but dead, the victim, as LBJ had feared; of spending for Vietnam. To meet the growing costs of guns and butter, the presi-' dent in 1967 belatedly and reluctantly proposed a 10 percent surtax, but congressional foes such as the powerful Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, refused to approve an increase in taxes without drastic cuts in domestic- spending. 9 By late 1967, an increasingly bitter debate on Vietnam had expanded into a much more fundamental debate on the United States's foreign and military policy.

Tet 1968 was also significant in another way. It marked the first time in the post-World War II era when the United States came face to face with the limits of its power, or, to borrow Paul M. " The North Vietnamese offensive occurred at the same time as the Pueblo crisis in Korea and a major economic crisis in Western Europe, Great Britain, and the United States. S. policymakers and leaders of the foreign policy elite to conclude that the nation was overextended and to propose adjustments. Johnson eventually muddled through this crisis of hegemony without resolving or even addressing in any substantive way the fundamental issues raised by it.

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