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date: 17 October 2019

May ’68 

A Dictionary of Critical Theory

Ian Buchanan

A series of street protests that began in a number of universities in Paris but rapidly spread to incorporate a wide cross section of French society. Some historians estimate that as many as 10 million people participated in the mass strikes over the course of several weeks. Known by a variety of different epithets such as ‘the events of May’, and the ‘long summer’, May ’68 was not a single event, but rather a series of events interlinked by a common theme or purpose, which is difficult to define but essentially boils down to a nationwide transformation of what ... ...

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