Czech radicals confront Soviet tanks in Prague, August 20, 1968.
The Sixties: Guidelines for Class Papers
Short papers on course readings are due on:
Monday, September 10
Thursday, October 11
Click on the dates for guidelines.
All papers must be typed, proofread and copyedited before they're submitted. They must also meet the requirements as to length and format. Papers that fall short of these minimal standards will have to be revised and resubmitted.
Monday, September 10 - Artifacts of the "Long Sixties"
Reading Chris Harman, A People's History of the World, pp. 536-601, which discusses global history from the end of World War II through the 1970s.
Track down an artifact that can add something to Harman's visions of that era. Feel free to select a book, a comic strip, a monument, a photograph, a pamphlet, a sound recording, a movie, a piece of clothing or jewelry, construction blueprints, a newspaper story, a travel brochure...whatever captures your imagination. If the item you select is beyond reach, make do with a photograph.
Write a one-page essay on what this artifact represents and how it amplifies or perhaps contradicts A People's History's overview of 1945-1979--that is, the "Long Sixties."
Please double-space the essay and use 12-point typeface. The length should be about 325, words, not counting the heading.
The essay is due September 10 at our seminar meeting. Bring your artifact--or a photo of your artifact--to the meeting too. Be ready to present it and your essay to the class.
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Thursday, October 11 - The Eros Effect
Read George Katsiaficas, The Imagination of the New Left, Parts I and II, pp. 3-173 (chapters 1-4). Here, you will learn about what Katsificas (following the philosopher Herbert Marcuse) calls the "politics of eros"and the "eros effect"--respectively, radical politics based on a sense of limitless possibility and great waves of activism that express such politics. You will also find a global survey of such uprisings in 1968-1970.
Track down a primary source--photograph, film, political manifesto, memoir, statue, or something else--that exemplifies the eros effect, circa 1968-1970, in a country other than the United States. Write a two-page essay that explains how this source articulates the politics of eros.
Please double-space the essay and use 12-point typeface. The length should be about 650 words, not counting the heading.
On October 11, come to class with your primary source (or a picture of it) and your essay, and be ready to read the essay to the seminar.
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