Memories of May ’68

France's Convenient Consensus

Author(s): Chris Reynolds

Language: English

Genre(s): History

Series: French and Francophone Studies

  • September 2011 · 189pages · 234x156mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708324158
  • ·Paperback - 9780708324165
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783164790
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783164806
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708324172

About The Book

Memories of May 68 charts the emergence of the conventional representation of the French events of 1968 and argues that the dominance of this narrative, despite its limitations, stems from the convenience that such a consensus provides for those that have been pivotal in shaping the collective memory of this critical moment in French history.


'An imaginative and richly sourced challenge to narrow, Paris-centred accounts of May '68. A fine contribution to the historiography' Professor Robert Gildea, University of Oxford, Professor of Modern History 'Chris Reynolds updates perspectives on May 1968 by way of an overdue concentration on the events in the provinces, along with a reassertion of the generally underestimated importance of reformist elements. May as spectacle is cogently demystified here, in a study that provides a significant and thoroughly-documented corrective to more glamorised views and representations.' Professor Keith Reader, University of Glasgow, Professor of Modern French Studies

'... this is a significant book that needs to be read by everyone who, like it or not, works in the 'May 1968 industry'. Daniel A. Gordon, Edge Hill University, for Modern and Contemporary France Journal

About the Author(s)

Chris Reynolds

Chris Reynolds is Associate Professor of Contemporary French and European Studies at Nottingham Trent University.

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