Around 1968: Activism, Networks, Trajectories

This is a study of militants, the networks they constructed and the trajectories they followed in Europe between 1965-75. It is a collective project, undertaken by 14 historians, 7 based in the UK, 7 outside. It is based on archival work and the collection of oral testimony from a sample of networks and activists involved in them in each country. It explores in a comparative way issues of generational identity, political and lifestyle activism, and combines subjective understanding of militancy with the search for transnational links between militants through emigration and political exile, militant 'tourism' in the Third World, and international networks.

Principal investigator
Professor Robert Gildea
Principal project staff
Professor Robert Gildea
Start date
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Completion date
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Source material
Archival work and oral testimonials

a special issue of six co-written articles entitled '1968: voices and vectors', in 'Social and Cultural History', due 2011
a volume entitled: 'Europe's 1968: voices and networks of revolt', to be published by Oxford University Press in 2012