French Student Politics: The May Events--Revolt or Revolution?

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French, the May Events, politics, students, revolt, revolution


European History | French and Francophone Language and Literature | Political History | Political Science


The French student-sparked revolts of May, 1968 arise from alienation and polarization, made more acute by the post-1945 scene. A number of conditions particular to France heighten the student dissent and community reaction. Such factors are the French tradition of ideological individualism, the post-1945 national heritage, current political and educational structures, and the paradox of Marx in the face of intellectual elitism.

The central question of this paper is: Were the May Events a revolt, a rebellion, or a revolution? The criteria considered in evaluating this question are those of sociological structure, conditions, ideology, methods, and resultant social relationships.

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