68 — The Rise and Fall of a Generation?

  • Hervé Hamon
Part of the University of Reading European and International Studies book series


Anyone wishing to address the issue of May 68 must first ask himself the question, much in use at the time: what’s your angle, comrade? If I might refer to the work which I undertook with Patrick Rotman,1 we both belong to the generation of 68 (on 3 May Patrick was actually in the courtyard of the Sorbonne, though I myself was on the beach). Being of this generation, we find it particularly difficult to view the events with any degree of detachment or objectivity. This is our initial handicap and we are very much marked by the May events, still present in our minds and in our relationships with our own children.


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  1. 1.
    H. Hamon and P. Rotman, Génération, vol.1 Les Années de rêve, vol. 2 Les Années de poudre (Paris: Seuil, 1987 and 1988).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See for example H. Hamon and P. Rotman, Tant qu’il y aura des Profs (Paris: Seuil, 1984).Google Scholar

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© The Graduate School of European International Studies, and the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France 1989

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