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Richard Ivan Jobs

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226438979

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226439020.001.0001

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Youth Movements

Youth Movements

(p.97) Three Youth Movements
Backpack Ambassadors

Richard Ivan Jobs

University of Chicago Press

This chapter suggest how the events of 1968 marked a turning point in the emergence of an international social group based on age, one professing internationalist and Europeanist sensibilities. Young Europeans traveled between protest sites, much to the chagrin of their national governments who before had championed such travel, but now sought to curtail it by applying methods developed to stymie immigrant mobility. The young of Europe sought out revolution where it could be had, and part of the changes they demanded were the state frontier controls inhibiting their continent-wide mobility. Thus the events of May 1968 in Paris were one focal point of a revolutionary youth mobility that also included, among other places, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, and Prague. This was true for the Dutch Provos as well as Daniel Cohn-Bendit, whose appearance with other young revolutionaries on the BBC elicited strong condemnation. Although they seldom agreed with one another, these young people traveling between protest sites had come to see themselves as comprising a kind of European community, a vision that shaped their demands for a borderless Europe at the same time that statesmen furthered integration with the establishment of the European Community.

Keywords:   Europe, 1968, borders, protest, Paris Events of May, Dutch Provos, Prague Spring, immigration, BBC, Daniel Cohn-Bendit

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