TransatlanticA (http://www.transatlantica.org), the French e-journal of American Studies is planning a 2005 issue a dossier devoted to the new interpretation of the Sixties in the United States.
In the 1970s and the 1980s, the field was essentially dominated by historians, many of whom were deeply influenced by the new radicalism of the 1960s. They were mainly looking for the reasons of the failure of the New Left: many, echoing criticisms by the Old Left, and faulted the Movement's lack of coherent ideology and disciplined organization.
Others, more sympathetic to the Movement, put the blame on its disintegration into sectarian radicalism. In the past ten years, a new generation of historians departing from this political interpretation have tried to re-evaluate the decade's meanings and significance.
Scholars are now focusing on the origins of 60s radicalism, the links between radicalism and liberalism, and the impact of conservatism -- so much so that even the very extent of radicalism has been questioned as new works on racial, sexual and social relations have appeared.
Proposals (300 words max) should be sent by December 15, 2004 to:
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