After “1968”1972 and the Youth of the World

Kay Schiller and Christopher Young

in The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947580 | DOI:
After “1968”1972 and the Youth of the World

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Ten days before the opening of the 1968 Mexico Games, violent clashes between students and police culminated in the Tlatelolco Massacre, which caused 260 deaths and 1,200 injuries within a stone's throw of the Olympic sites. This chapter explains that during 1968, the revolution was not the sole preserve of Mexican students. Across vast tracts of the Western world, the cultural eco-system was evolving much faster in the past. It notes that in Western Europe, a rapidly expanding education system propelled huge numbers of young people into a tertiary sector hopelessly under-equipped for the speed of cultural change, formenting discontent. In Germany, nascent unease with the older generation's supposed amnesia about the recent past became acute. It highlights that the culture of 1968—like the SPD's election victory with which it was inextricably linked—certainly influenced them, but the ways in which it did so were not always obvious.

Keywords: 1968 Mexico Games; youth; Tlatelolco Massacre; cultural eco-system; Western Europe; Germany; SPD

Chapter.  13640 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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