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HIST 68: Global 1968 (Brillman)

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Course Description

History is not only an account of what happened, but also why things change. This class will focus on the political, cultural, and social events of 1968, both within and without the United States, and the legacies and ramifications for twenty-first century political culture. A better comprehension of where we are at present comes from an understanding of the past. In addition to gaining some knowledge of history, the aim of this course is to help students improve their interpretive analyses and critical-thinking skills through reading, writing, and class discussions.



Image (Left): 

Photograph 111-C-CC45804; Operation "Yellowstone" Vietnam: Following a hard day, a few members of Company "A," 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry (Mechanized), 25th Infantry Division, gather around a guitar player and sing a few songs.; 1/18/1968; Color Photographs of Signal Corps Activity, 1944 - 1981; Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Record Group 111; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. [Online Version,, November 2, 2021].

Image (Middle):

We mourn our loss: Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, BU.X.446. 1968. New York Public Library. [Online Version,, November 2, 2021].

Image (Right):

Photograph of a student protest at the library of Jyväskylä University. 1968. Wikimedia Commons. [Online Version,, November 2, 2021].

Course Books