Richard will discuss his latest book “The Long 68 – Radical protest and its enemies”, which explores the volatile period of social unrest in France, starting as a protest by students at the Sorbonne and quickly spreading to include massive national strikes. Richard argues that, although these protests seem very much of the time, they had profound longer-term implications - terrorist groups, feminist collectives and gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968 and Bill Clinton and even Tony Blair are, in many ways, the product of those protests which celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
The Literary Review praises Richard’s encyclopaedic knowledge and states that “he skilfully teases out the nuances, anatomises the complexities and elucidates the paradoxes of the period”.
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Richard Vinen: The Long '68
Saturday 20 October
14h30 Salle des fêtes
the Parisot literary festival
Copyright Festilitt 2018
19, 20 & 21 October 2018
Continue the conversations over dinner with the authors on Saturday night and get to know the people behind the books.
More info coming soon
Friday 19th Oct 19h00
Join us for a relaxed and convivial apéro dinatôire to kick off our sixth festival in style.
There will be book sales and signings at the end of each session.
You can also buy a selection of books by participating authors throughout the weekend at our bookshop
Richard Vinen is professor of history at King’s College, London and a specialist in 20th century European history, particularly of Britain and France. He was presented with a Wolfson History Prize and a Temple Medal for his book “National Service; Conscription in Britain”, which was in the Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers.