Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente

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Harvard University Press, 2009 - Education - 384 pages
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In a brilliantly conceived book, Jeremi Suri puts the tumultuous 1960s into a truly international perspective in the first study to examine the connections between great power diplomacy and global social protest. Profoundly disturbed by increasing social and political discontent, Cold War powers united on the international front, in the policy of detente. Though reflecting traditional balance of power considerations, detente thus also developed from a common urge for stability among leaders who by the late 1960s were worried about increasingly threatening domestic social activism.

In the early part of the decade, Cold War pressures simultaneously inspired activists and constrained leaders; within a few years activism turned revolutionary on a global scale. Suri examines the decade through leaders and protesters on three continents, including Mao Zedong, Charles de Gaulle, Martin Luther King Jr., Daniel Cohn-Bendit, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He describes connections between policy and protest from the Berkeley riots to the Prague Spring, from the Paris strikes to massive unrest in Wuhan, China.

Designed to protect the existing political order and repress movements for change, detente gradually isolated politics from the public. The growth of distrust and disillusion in nearly every society left a lasting legacy of global unrest, fragmentation, and unprecedented public skepticism toward authority.

 

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This scholarly study of the global protest movements in the 1960s and their concomitant effect on governmental policy in the following era of detente weaves a grand theory regarding the influence of ... Read full review

Contents

THE STRAINS OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION
7
POLITICAL CONSTRAINTS AND PERSONAL CHARISMA
44
THE LANGUAGE OF DISSENT
88
THE ILLIBERAL CONSEQUENCES OF LIBERAL EMPIRE
131
THE GLOBAL DISRUPTION OF 1968
164
THE DIPLOMACY AND DOMESTIC POLITICS OF DETENTE
213
CONCLUSION
260
TABLES AND FIGURES
269
NOTES
273
SOURCES
335
INDEX
341
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Jeremi Suri is E. Gordon Fox Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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