A witness in the archive: Paris, May 1968

From the archives: 1968 has become synonymous with radicalism. 

 

1968 around the world

Around the world, in 1968, people began protesting. Several countries in Eastern Europe experienced major unrest. In Czech, the Prague Spring was a hopeful period of liberalisation, artistic exploration and democratisation.

The Civil Rights and Anti-War movements in the US ramped up, following the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. West Germany experienced the 68er-Bewegung which saw protests against the Vietnam War, ex-Nazi officials still in positions of power and universities. London itself saw rioting in Grosvenor Square. The reporter calls it “a vicerage teaparty” in comparison to events in Paris.

 

1968 in Paris

Paris was the centre of this whirlpool of revolution and it began with the students. On 2nd May 1968 the authorities shut down the Paris Nanterre University. On 6th May a protest was called by the French NUS. Events developed from this and barricades were thrown up. Heavy handed responses from the authorities led to further action and mass sympathy.

Following more protests and more violent responses, a general strike was called on 13th May. After this day workers began strike action and by one point in May around two thirds of French workers were on strike. There were demands for a new government. On 29th May, President Charles De Gaulle had (briefly) fled from France.

 

City and 1968

Published in June 1968 in the Beacon, a eye witness account offers a clear sighted report on the events. It describes the violence of both sides, but also the solidarity and optimism of the students: “It seems that nothing less than social revolution will satisfy their desires”.

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Paris in May, Beacon June 1968

 

The legacy of 1968

1968 is sometimes called a political failure for the protesters. Following events in May, France held a general election which De Gaulle’s party safely won. Czech was invaded by Russian Troops in August and American involvement in Indochina expanded under Nixon.

Perhaps the greatest legacy of 1968 was the social liberalisation which we are still enjoying today. Reading firsthand accounts like this however, remind us that we all have a duty to protect everyone’s rights and to support peaceful engagement that questions society.

 

 

Researching the US Election 2016

The US Presidential election takes place in 13 days time. We’ve brought together a range of City Library resources and other useful websites that will help you research the election and the policies and personalities involved.

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Resource of the month – World Bank eLibrary

What is the World Bank eLibrary?

The World Bank eLibrary offers quick and easy access to nearly 9,000 World Bank books, reports, journals and working papers published since early 1990’s.

The Word Bank eLibrary is a very useful resource to find information on global issues such as development policy, climate change and poverty; it covers a broad range of subjects:  

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How can I use it?

You can browse or use the Quick and Advance search option to search for a specific book title or a topic. 

The landing page, always displays the list of the most recent books, journal articles and working papers added to the World Bank eLibrary

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You can view if the book has been mentioned on social media, and link to the blog post or tweet, and view a geographical and demographical breakdown of the tweeters.

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Looking for data?  The eLibrary’s data collection contains 54 of the most popular World Development Indicators.  You can search for data by regions or by indicators.  You can select the years you require and save them in a spreadsheet.

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World Bank eLibary, highligts and features at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6GLU4sF3Co and video tutorials at http://elibrary.worldbank.org/page/using_elib

Where can I access it? 

Find the link to the World Bank eLibrary in the A-Z list of databases http://libguides.city.ac.uk/az.php?a=w , then access with your IT username and password