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Memoria e Ricerca

Revolution live. French may between chronicle and myth

di Antonio Benci
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 29 (2008), p. 169

The French May appears in the Italian daily press as a representation of events removed from the “mythological” array that on the May was brought about during the month of May 1968. All that hindered, and still does, a correct historical definition of the problems and course of events. However, it should be noticed that the great breadth, the attempt to a concrete widening of the social participation, the deep feeling of shared enthusiasm on the part of rising classes such as the students or outcast such as the workers, triggered off a mental projection which, although still bearing traces of mythicizing, newly defined for the ’68 “veterans” the French May as a place of the memory of the 1968 movement.