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Italian Women and International Cold War Politics, 1944-1968$
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Wendy Pojmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245604

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245604.001.0001

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Confronting the Youth Generation, 1964–1968

Confronting the Youth Generation, 1964–1968

(p.157) 6 Confronting the Youth Generation, 1964–1968
Italian Women and International Cold War Politics, 1944-1968

Wendy Pojmann

Fordham University Press

Chapter six focuses on the important transitional years between 1964 and 1968. It suggests that as another generation of women activists began to take Italian women’s movements in new directions, a re-heating of the Cold War through the conflict in Vietnam and the Soviet repression of dissidents in Czechoslovakia re-opened discussions about women’s international roles as agents of change for women’s rights and peace. When Italian students occupied universities in 1966 to protest what they viewed as abuses of power by the status quo, the women’s associations reacted at times with sympathy and at times with scorn. This chapter shows that by the end of the 1960s, the Italian and international women’s associations that had for so long defined themselves in relation to the hostilities of the Cold War would now have to confront a new and expanded set of women’s issues no longer so neatly tied to the ideologies of the earlier postwar decades.

Keywords:   Vietnam War, Student protests, Prague Spring, Youth

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